John Faso

New Member: Republican John Faso Wins New York’s 19th District
The district was a key to Democrats looking to win back the House

Republican John Faso will replace Rep. Chris Gibson's in New York's 19th District. (Photo courtesy John Faso Facebook page)

Republican John J. Faso will defeat Democrat Zephyr Teachout in New York’s 19th District, the Associated Press projects. 

Faso led Teachout 52 percent to 48 percent with 68 percent of precincts reporting.

Teachout Sends Out Victory and Concession Speech
Comes as Democratic House candidate falls behind Republican John Faso

The most recent polls show Democrat Zephyr Teachout trailing Republican John Faso in the Tossup race to succeed retiring GOP Rep.Chris Gibson. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images file photo)

Faso and Teachout in Close House Race in New York
Trump also leads Clinton by 5 points in Empire State's 19th District

New York Rep. Chris Gibson's decision to retire opened up his 19th District seat. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout are about even in New York's 19th Congressional District, a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll released Tuesday shows.

The poll, which surveyed 678 likely voters in the district, found 43 percent supporting Faso, a former state Assembly minority leader, and 42 percent behind Teachout, a onetime gubernatorial candidate. Fifteen percent said they were unsure or had no opinion.

Poll: Teachout and Faso Hold Strong Leads Ahead of New York Primary
Both candidates led their respective opponents by at least 30 points

Zephyr Teachout holds a commanding lead over her Democratic primary opponent in New York's 19th District ahead of Tuesday's contest. (Courtesy Zephyr Teachout Facebook page)

In polls released the day before New York's congressional primaries, Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso widened their leads in their respective primaries in the state's 19th District.  

Teachout led Will Yandik 62 to 23 percent in the latest Time Warner Cable/Siena College poll. Three weeks ago she led by 20 points.  

New York Could Hold Key to Democratic Majority in House
Tuesday's primaries are first hurdle in flipping competitive seats

New York Republican Rep. John Katko is one of the Democrats' top targets this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats are in a New York State of mind. 

Their party must pick up 30 seats to win control of the House, and to even come close, they need to sweep all or most of the competitive New York seats.

Now a Democrat, Once a Republican?
Primary candidates make hay of donations to opposing parties

Randy Perkins is running in Florida's 18th District Democratic primary, but the businessman has a long history of political contributions to Republicans. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Randy Perkins wasn't even registered as a Democrat until he filed to run for Congress.  

His campaign contributions have favored Republicans over Democrats 2-1.  

John Faso Enters Race to Replace Chris Gibson

Chris Gibson is a New York Republican. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican John Faso launched his campaign for Congress in New York’s 19th District on Tuesday –  joining Andrew Heaney in an upstate primary race that precedes what could be a close election to replace outgoing Rep. Chris Gibson.  

In recent years, Faso, a former Republican leader in the New York State Assembly from Kinderhook, has only served as a political donor, avoiding electoral politics, himself, since his 2006 loss to Democrat Eliot Spitzer in the governor’s race. But Faso – now a partner at the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips – began exploring a run in July, and this week made it official. While announcing his campaign, he praised Gibson, who he helped elect to Congress in 2010, but pushed an outsider message – saying “at every turn, Washington is making it hard for families and job creators.”