After suffering a wave of losses in New York in 2018, Republicans are trying to regain seats by campaigning on statewide themes.
Crime and bail. Nursing homes and COVID-19.
Republicans are trying to tie Democratic candidates to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s controversial policies on nursing homes and the pandemic. In some districts, they’re focusing on Cuomo’s business restrictions. Additionally, they’re looking to score points on recent crime spikes and a new law that eliminated bail for most misdemeanors.
The themes are more often used by Republicans challengers taking on Democratic incumbents or competing for an open seat, rather than by GOP incumbents who are running on their records.
For Republicans, it’s a way to push local issues in a state where Republican President Donald Trump is trailing Democrat Joe Biden — and maybe get some Biden supporters to vote GOP on down-ballot races.
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