DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Tuesday’s primaries are, political pundits say, the starting gun for what promises to be riveting congressional races this November.
The most closely watched primary is likely the one in the 19th Congressional District, which pits Democrats Zephyr Teachout, who teaches law at Fordham University, against environmentalist and farmer Will Yandik, according to a report by the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Teachout recently purchased a home in the Dutchess County town of Clinton, and Yandik and family members operate Green Acres Farm in Livingston in Columbia County, the Poughkeepsie Journal report said.
Teachout and Yandik are going for the spot that will be left open by the retirement of three-term U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-KInderhook, The Poughkeepsie Journal reported.
On the Republican side of the track in the 19th are Andrew Heaney and John Faso, who have been trading accusations in a series of blistering campaign commercials, according to multiple media reports.
Heaney is a small-business owner and a resident of Millbrook in the town of Washington in Dutchess County.
Faso is a former state assemblyman who ran for governor in 2006 but was beaten by Democrat Eliot Spitzer.
According to a report by The New York Times, the outcome of the primaries could affect the balance of power in the House of Representatives, where Republicans have the advantage.
Democrats have the chance to narrow the gap, especially if there is a backlash against Bedford billionaire Donald Trump, the GOP’s presumptive nominee for president, The New York Times story said.
Democratic rival Hillary Clinton lives in nearby Chappaqua in Westchester.
The 19th District covers most of Dutchess County and parts of Montgomery, Broome and Rensselaer counties.
It also includes Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties.
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