Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop won re-election to New Yorks 1st district by fewer than 600 votes in 2010. This year hes facing the same opponent and the race optics have changed.
Certainly a presidential year electorate is different from a midterm electorate, especially a Republican wave midterm electorate. But, considering the weakness of the national economy, will the different electorate benefit Bishop or Altschuler? While Obama won the 1st district narrowly in 2008, he isn’t likely to do as well this year.
The bottom line? Obama carried the district with 51 percent four years ago. Bishop won by 593 votes last time. Altschuler locked up the GOP nomination earlier this time than he did two years ago.
In other words, no matter what various polls now show, you don’t have to go far out on a limb to expect a close race in New York’s 1st district in November.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.