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Gibson's challenges

By Lombardo David
Friday, April 6, 2012

The reelection bid of U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, became a whole new ballgame with redistricting, which greatly reduced the Republican enrollment advantage in his district.

For this year's election, he has moved from the 20th Congressional District, with about a 60,000 Republican voter advantage, to the 19th Congressional District, with a narrow edge of about 11,000 Republican voters.

Additionally, the district only includes about 50 percent of the territory he previously represented, which means he is moving into new grounds without an incumbent advantage.

According to statistics presented to the Gibson campaign by the state Board of Elections, the district has about 130,000 Democrats, 141,000 Republicans and 76,000 independent voters, with a total of almost 421,000 registered voters.

Gibson's likely opponent, Democrat Julian Schreibman, said these changes all contribute to make the district winnable for him.

In the new 20th Congressional District, where Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, is the incumbent, a massive Democratic majority has been maintained. His district has about 169,000 Democrats and 113,000 Republicans, with about 416,000 registered voters.

In the new 21st Congressional District, which has incumbent Rep. Bill Ownens, D-Plattsburgh, the Republican advantage grew. There are now 174,000 Republican voters and 116,000 Democratic voters, suggesting the hardest uphill climb of the three elections Owens has run.

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View the enrollement statistics below:
Enrollment by CD April 2012

 

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