23rd congressional district

Republican control of Congress could mean more clout for upstate NY

Nov 9, 2016
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Several races for Congress in upstate New York were expected to be competitive, but Republicans won those comfortably. Some experts say the GOP winners in the region got a boost from Donald Trump’s name at the top of the ticket. And having Republicans control all branches of government could mean more leverage for upstate residents.

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One of New York state’s most sprawling congressional districts is the 23rd. It includes Jamestown to the west, Ithaca to the east, and even goes north of Geneva into the Finger Lakes area.

Incumbent Republican Tom Reed is running for re-election there against Democrat John Plumb.

There hasn’t been any reliable polling done in the race. Republicans do have a voter registration advantage of more than 20,000 people. Even so, almost a 100,000 people are not registered with any party.

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Incumbent Rep. Tom Reed heads back to Washington after a win against Democrat Martha Robertson in New York’s 23rd Congressional District.

The newly reelected congressman wiped away a few tears as he greeted supporters in Corning on Tuesday. Reed returns to the House after what turned out to be a comfortable victory over Democrat Martha Robertson.

Money is the lifeblood of any political campaign, especially in competitive races. And the race between Tom Reed and Martha Robertson is shaping up to be just that.

Steve Greenberg, a political pollster at Siena College, says it’s only recently that New York has seen truly competitive congressional races.

“We saw it five years ago, we saw it three years ago, we saw it last year and it seems almost certain that we are going to see it again next year,” Greenberg said.  

It may seem like the 2012 elections are barely behind us, but in New York’s 23rd congressional district the race for 2014 is on.