ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An empty seat and swing districts loom large as Republicans and Democrats look to pick up House seats in New York this year.
Eight months before the general election, a half-dozen or more of the state's 27 seats show signs they could become spirited races. Key challenges are shaping up across the state, from the eastern Long Island district of Democrat Rep. Timothy Bishop to the Southern Tier, where Republican Rep. Tom Reed is seeking a third term.
While Democrats generally tend to perform better in presidential year elections, party officials hope their get-out-the-vote efforts will be strong this year with Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the top of the ticket.
Nationwide, the GOP expects to hold its House majority.