First up, the woman who would be the youngest-ever female representative in Congress, crushing her challengers in the latest poll. A win for Stefanik, a former Bush White House aide now running her family’s plywood business, would be a pick-up for the GOP in the 21st Congressional District where Democratic Rep. Bill Owens is exiting:
Republican congressional candidate Elise Stefanik extended her lead to 18 percentage points in the latest Siena Research Institute poll in the 21st Congressional District race.
Stefanik, who also is running on the Conservative Party and Independence Party lines, was the choice of 50 percent of likely voters surveyed, according to poll results released Monday.
Democratic and Working Families Party candidate Aaron Woolf was supported by 32 percent, and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello by 11 percent, with 8 percent undecided.
Stefanik increased her support by four percentage points since the previous Siena Research Institute poll on Sept. 11, drawing from the previously undecided category, which decreased by four percentage points.
Previous coverage of the Stefanik race:
House candidate complains that female GOP opponent hasn’t “worked manually”
Video: “My generation can’t just complain”
Democrats very interested in female GOP candidate’s “personal relationships”
Meanwhile in New York’s 19th Congressional District, it appears that Sean Eldridge, the desperate house husband of Facebook fortunato Chris Hughes, can’t have a seat bought for him. Up against a fairly well-liked incumbent in Rep. Chris Gibson, Eldridge has been unable to change the community’s mind, despite a ton of negative advertising, buying a mansion in the district, and throwing money at various community endeavors. Liberals should be pumped! This means money in politics isn’t as important as, say, not being a super-rich, transparent carpetbagger:
ALBANY, N.Y. — Republican Congressman Chris Gibson is on track to win a third term over his Democratic challenger, Sean Eldridge, according to Tuesday’s exclusive Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll.
The poll found Gibson leading Eldridge 58 percent to 35 percent, a 23 percentage point gap. That’s virtually unchanged from a poll released in September that showed Gibson with a 24-point lead.
“Barring some dramatic, unforeseen event in the closing week of this campaign, the voters are clearly locked in,” said Steve Greenberg, Siena Research Institute.
Gibson enjoys a high favorable rating, of 60 percent. Eldridge, a first-time candidate, has become better known, but 35 percent of voters hold an unfavorable view of him compared to 33 percent who view him favorably.
“Voters like Chris Gibson. It is hard to breakthrough as a challenger when the incumbent is a well-liked figure,” Greenberg said.
May I commend to you all of the Free Beacon‘s delightfully caustic coverage of the Eldridge race against Army vet Gibson. A sample:
Eldridge is a self-parody of everything that is wrong with our political system, and represents everything that American voters despise about politicians. He has more money than Hillary Clinton, thanks to his decision to marry Chris Hughes, who became fabulously wealthy after being randomly selected to be roommates with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard. Not surprisingly, Eldridge (i.e., Hughes) is the largest donor to his own campaign.
Hughes has spent the last several years buying multiple mansions in neighboring congressional districts in an effort to fulfill the political ambitions of his 28-year-old husband, who has a philosophy degree from Brown. It would seem that Eldridge believes he is even more entitled to political power than does Sandra Fluke, who is five years his senior yet still has enough self-awareness and humility to realize that people who lack any relevant qualifications should probably run for office at the state level before trying to purchase a seat in Congress. Eldridge, on the other hand, has quite literally sought to establish a modern day feudal system in New York’s 19th district in an effort to buy votes, but won’t even commit to stay in the district after he loses.
Eldridge perfectly embodies the hypocrisy and self-serving douchebaggery voters find so obnoxious about entitled liberals. He preaches about the need to “reduce the influence of special interest money in politics,” while taking money from labor unions, Silicon Valley CEOs, Goldman Sachs executives, billionaire financiers George Soros and Tom Steyer, and his multi-millionaire husband.
The voters of New York’s 19th district hold the fate of the free world in their hands. Now is not the time to get cocky and spike the football. Now is the time to run up the score and cover that 30-point spread. For America.
It’s up to you, New York, New Yoooooooork. And, you’re doing well.