GOP candidate Scherie Murray unexpectedly drops out.
AOC still has a substantial lead in campaign fundraising.
NY-14 Congressional District is historically Democratic.
It’s going to be tough to oust AOC for both the GOP and Dem challengers.
(NewsReady.com) – As one of the most widely-known representatives currently holding office, it’s not surprising Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) had so many challengers. Publicly aligned as a Democratic Socialist and elected to New York’s 14th Congressional District in 2018, Democrats and Republicans alike want to unseat her. She’s too far left for most Democrats and has been a constant nuisance for Republicans.
However, the attempt to replace AOC just got harder.
Murray Drops Out
Scherie Murray, one of the main GOP contesters of AOC’s House seat, abruptly dropped out of the race. The circumstances surrounding this decision are peculiar and more information should come to light in the coming days and weeks. For now, here’s the breakdown.
Murray suspended her campaign days after she filed a lawsuit against the contractor who collected signatures to get her on the ballot. It’s alleged, among other issues, they violated state election laws by having a registered Democrat act as the “subscribing witness” for Murray’s petition. That witness should have been a Republican in order to get on the GOP ballot.
Andrew Shannon and Dean Nelson, the ones hired to help Murray’s campaign, shot back and questioned her “shortcomings.” As this case develops, we should get more insight into exactly how the contractors were unable to help the campaign succeed.
State of the Race
The NY-14 district has, historically, had landslide Democratic victories (70% or more), including when AOC took out the long-term incumbent Joe Crowley. The last time a Republican held the seat was in 1993. So, the GOP already had its work cut out for them. While not the whole story, a look at the finances of the main campaigns could show the writing on the wall.
- AOC has raised just under $8 million for her campaign.
- John Cummings (R), an ex-New York police officer, raised almost $1.6 million.
- Michelle Caruso-Cabrera (D), a former CNBC contributor, brought in just over $1 million.
- Scherie Murray (R), who just dropped out, had $679,540 raised in total.
- Jineea Butler (R), a long-time social services worker, raised $334,896.
The other candidates have either raised less than $100,000 (Bardun Khan) or don’t have info available from FEC filings as of May 26 (Sam Sloan).
Long story short, the Republican Party has a tough road ahead of them if they want to take the seat from the far-left congresswoman. She can be unseated but it’s going to take some work. And GOP voters need to make sure they turn out en masse in November.
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