US Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring/West Point) is a candidate for state Attorney General in Thursday’s New York state primary election. Having won re-nomination for his congressional seat in the June 26th NY federal primary, Rep. Maloney says he will exit the House race should he win the statewide nomination. According to a new Siena College Research Institute poll (9/4-7; 509 NY Democratic likely state primary voters), he may.
Siena’s latest data finds the Congressman forging into a slight lead over New York City Public Advocate Letitia James (D) and frequent candidate Zephyr Teachout (D). According to the Siena results, Mr. Maloney has a 25-24-18% edge over James and Teachout as the primary draws to a close.
Should he leave the congressional race, the four local 18th District Democratic chairmen, whose counties wholly or partially comprise the congressional district in question, would meet and alone choose a replacement nominee. This scenario could play well for Orange County legislator and retired NY State Police commander James O’Donnell (R), who would quickly become a competitive candidate in a district that can elect a Republican. In fact, when Rep. Maloney first won the seat in 2012, he defeated Republican incumbent Nan Hayworth. Therefore, a Maloney statewide victory later this week would make an open 18th CD a race to watch.
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