Republicans Unite in Tossup New York House Race
Posted at 12:58 p.m. on July 25
Doheny endorsed his former primary opponent. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)
New York Republican Matt Doheny endorsed Elise Stefanik at a press conference Friday, more than a month after losing to her in a House race primary.
Stefanik, who was recently added to the NRCC’s Young Guns program, faces Democrat Aaron Woolf for the 21st District seat being vacated by Democrat Bill Owens. The race is rated a Tossup by the Rothenberg Report/Roll Call.
Though he lost the June 24 primary, Doheny had already won the nomination of the Independence Party and could still appear on the general-election ballot in November. But at the press conference, Doheny said he’d like to have his name removed.
That’s a complicated process in the Empire State. Doheny may have to be nominated to run for a judgeship at a statewide convention in September.
Still, the showing of unity will come as a relief to local Republicans, who feared a repeat of the 2010 race. That year, two candidates who had run for the nomination appeared on the general election ballot, splintering the vote and costing the party the seat.
Doheny lost the primary after facing almost $1 million in outside support for Stefanik.