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NY 24: Rep. Michael Arcuri is defending his seat.
Primary: September 14, 2010 Location: Central New York
Days until the election: 16
This one is a fight in the trenches. Two-term Democratic Rep. Michael Arcuri is fighting to hold his seat for a third term in a do-over race against Republican Richard Hanna. Hanna, whose 48 percent of the vote in 2008 came too close for comfort to Arcuri, now has the advantages of name-recognition in the district, a built-in infrastructure, and of course the terrible environment for incumbents.
Republicans see this one in their sights, and have pounced on Arcuri – National Republican Senatorial Committee has pummeled him with ads, which compliment Hanna's onslaught against his voting record (though Arcuri voted against the health care bill, and essentially shouts that from the rooftops as a piece of his campaign message, he did support the stimulus package). Meanwhile, Arcuri, who belongs to the conservative Blue Dog wing of the Democratic, has run as fast as he can from his party – even creating a "moderates" line on the ballot.
As of the end of August, both candidates had money in the bank to spend - Arcuri has a little more than $600,000 and Hanna had around $500,000. Plus the party committees are pumping cash in.
Hanna's strengths play into the politics of the district quite well – he is socially moderate and fiscally conservative. Arcuri's campaign has tried to throw dirt on him that sticks – such as accusing him of making money off of government contracts for his construction business while he continues to criticize government spending.
This is a pure toss-up, according to the non-partisan Cook Report.
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Has anyone ever wondered if it's a conflict of interest to have right wing corporate owned "news" stations constantly drumming for the rights of the right wing? I have. I wonder what Walter Cronkite would say about this abyssmal failure at journalism.
You know it is getting bad for the Democrat liberals when the great corrupt, incompetent himself has to go to Massachusetts this late in the campaign to try to tell some of the lies he spreads arond the country to support the union toad candidates in that state. What a waste of our tax money, but then that is all he has been doing since SEIU and its wholly owned subsidiaries ACORN and AARP stole the election for him.