United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2008


United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2008

The 2008 congressional elections in New York will be held on November 4, 2008 to determine who will represent the state of New York in the United States House of Representatives. New York has 29 seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 111th Congress from January 4, 2009 until January 3, 2011. The election coincides with the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

The races not forecasted as safe for the incumbent party are districts 13, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 and 29.


=Delegation Composition=

District breakdown

District 5

Democratic incumbent Gary Ackerman is running against Republican Liz Berney.

District 13

Republican incumbent Vito Fossella announced his retirement on May 20, 2008, leaving this an open seat. Democratic City Councilman Michael McMahon, endorsed by the Staten Island Democratic Party [ [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-NY-13 Staten Island Republicans designated former state Rep. Robert Straniere as their candidate for the Sept. 9 primary] ] won the primary against Steve Harrison, who lost to Fossella in 2006. Republican Robert Straniere defeated Dr. Jamshad Wyne in the parimary. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Democrat Favored'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-NY-13 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=NY13&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 19

Democratic incumbent John Hall is being challenged by Republican Kieran Lalor. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Leans Democratic'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-NY-19 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=NY19&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 20

Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand will be challenged by Republican Sandy Treadwell. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Leans Democratic'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-NY-20 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=NY20&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 21

Democratic incumbent Michael R. McNulty is retiring, leaving this an open seat. Former State Representative Paul Tonko won the five-way Democratic primary and will face Republican nominee Jim Buhrmaster. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Democrat'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-NY-21 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=NY21&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 24

Democratic incumbent Michael Arcuri is being challenged by Republican businessman Richard Hanna. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Democrat Favored'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-NY-24 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=NY24&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 25

Republican incumbent James T. Walsh is retiring, leaving this an open seat. Democrat Dan Maffei is running against Republican Dale Sweetland who won in a crowded primary race, and frequent candidate Howie Hawkins using the "Green Populist" label. [ [http://www.elections.state.ny.us:8080/reports/rwservlet?cmdkey=whofiled_independent Petitions Filed with the New York State Board of Elections] , accessed 12 September 2008.] CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Leans Democratic'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-NY-25 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=NY25&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 26

Republican incumbent Thomas M. Reynolds is retiring, leaving this an open seat. In an upset victory, Amherst environmental lawyer Alice Kryzan won the Democratic primary against Iraq War veteran Jonathan Powers and maverick millionaire Jack Davis. The Republican nominee is businessman Christopher Lee. [ [http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/story/435479.html Kryzan beats Powers, Davis] Jerry Zremski, "The Buffalo News", September 10, 2008] CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Leans Republican'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-NY-26 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=NY26&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 29

Republican incumbent Randy Kuhl, Jr. will again be challenged by Democrat Eric Massa. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Leans Republican'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-NY-29 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=NY29&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

References

*Horrigan, Marie [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=news-000002946506 Upset in Upstate New York] "CQ Politics", September 10, 2008
* [http://www.cookpolitical.com/charts/house/competitive.php 2008 Competitive House Race Chart] "The Cook Political Report", August 30, 2008.
* [http://rothenbergpoliticalreport.blogspot.com/2008/07/2008-house-ratings_29.html 2008 House Ratings] "The Rothenberg Political Report", July 19, 2008

External links

* [http://www.elections.state.ny.us/ New York State Board of Elections]
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/election.php?state=NY Campaign contributions for New York congressional races] from OpenSecrets.org
* [http://www.2008racetracker.com/page/New+York New York U.S. House of Representatives race] from "2008 Race Tracker"


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