New York has an unusually high number of competitive races in Congress this year.
In the 17th arrondissement, Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney faces Republican Mike Lawler. As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reports, this is a key race as Republicans across the country hope to take control of the House.
The breeze was brisk and turnout was steady as voters in the newly drawn 17th congressional district make their choices.
Maloney and her husband, Randy Florke, voted near their home in Putnam County. The congressman said he anticipated a quiet election day.
“I like to hike in the woods sometimes, clear my head, and again, I think election day is a day to respect voters. We had our chance to make our case; now , it’s up to them,” Maloney said.
He added that he planned to spend time thanking campaign volunteers.
Maloney hasn’t been in a close race since 2014, when he won by 3,000 votes. The redistricting means his district now includes many Rockland County residents he never represented.
His campaign will be watching closely for returns from Peekskill, a Democratic stronghold in north Westchester, and Hasidic communities in Rockland, where Maloney has won the endorsement of influential rabbis.
Democratic insiders are cautiously optimistic but realistic — this race is considered a draw.
Because Maloney is leading the Democrats’ effort to keep Congress, Republicans would take great pleasure in eliminating him.
Maloney has emphasized election integrity, abortion rights and gun control during the campaign while saying Democrats’ efforts to dampen inflation are starting to work.
It wasn’t just the redistricting that made it a close race. House Republicans have helped funnel more than $8 million into the district, money largely spent on political ads.
As CBS2’s Kevin Rincon reports, Lawler voted in Pearl River with his wife, Doina, and planned a last-minute campaign day.
“I’m going to drive around the neighborhood. We have a truck with signs and we go around the barn in the neighborhood and try to get people to vote,” he said.
Throughout his campaign, he has focused on economic issues — things like inflation and taxes — and he campaigned against crime, calling for a change in bail reform laws in the United States. State.
He says his team has had a high turnout, which he hopes will help him, and if he wins, it would be the first time in 42 years that a Republican has beaten the president of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Voters are no doubt eager for the race to end after both sides spent nearly $20 million on a barrage of attack ads.
Because a judge gave the okay to count most mail-in ballots Tuesday night, instead of waiting until Wednesday, both campaigns expect to know the winner before the evening is over.
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