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View Diary: Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Democrats land recruit in long-neglected New Jersey House seat (35 comments)

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  •  as a resident of NY-24, (0+ / 0-)

    let me say this: it is competitive. While it may not appear so on paper, this area has had a Republican representing us in Washington for most of the last thirty years. Dan Maffei is the first Democrat to represent us in a long time, and lost as a freshman in 2010 to a right-winger.

    While Maffei's paper thin loss was, in fact, somewhat of a fluke, as you said, the fact that a blatantly right-wing crackpot was able to upset him demonstrates that this is a competitive seat, especially when you take into account the fact that Maffei is not necessarily one of the most....charismatic...of politicians (he's much more cerebral...and off-putting to some).

    Republicans should be very competitive in 2014 and have a number of potential folks who could make it so.

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