Republicans vow to spend $100 million on local Congressional elections
Joseph Konig reports at New York State of Politics that political strategists believe the Hudson Valley could decide who controls the House of Representatives in 2024 elections. On Aug. 29, Rep. Elise Stefanik said Republicans are committing $100 million to win in the Hudson Valley. Stefanik said, “New York State was THE battleground for House Republicans in 2022.... I am proud to help lead the team effort to protect and expand our House majority again in 2024!” The $100 million will come from the congressional campaigns themselves, the Republican National Committee, the House GOP’s campaign arm, and aligned political action committees. Democrat House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries already launched a major offensive to retake key districts in New York. Dora Pekec, a spokesperson for the Jeffries-aligned House Majority PAC, said, “I think part of the reason [the GOP is investing so much money] is because they see the effort that we're putting into it. And they know that these Republicans are extremely vulnerable.” Republican Marc Molinaro's 19th Congressional District will be one of the most important races, as he turned the district red after incumbent Antonio Delgado left to become Lt. Gov. New York Democrats are targeting Molinaro's seat, and those of Reps. Nick LaLota and Anthony D’Esposito of Long Island, Rep. George Santos of Long Island and Queens, Rep. Mike Lawler of the northern New York City suburbs, and upstate Rep. Brandon Williams. Republicans are targeting freshman Democrat Rep. Pat Ryan and his 18th Congressional District. It is impossible to predict favorites, as the district lines are still in question, with a case now before the Court of Appeals. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.