That the Northeast has been trending blue in recent cycles is self evidently true. Will it continue in 2010?
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(Cross posted at Daily Kos, Swing State Project and Open Left)
New York's third congressional district is one of the few remaining congressional districts represented by a Republican that nevertheless tends to lean more Democratic than the nation as a whole in presidential elections. GOP Congressman Peter King is actually quite popular in the Long Island-based district, winning last month with 64 percent of the vote. But the district might not be in Republican hands much longer, with King potentially looking to run for Senate this cycle.
Republican Congressman Peter King, who was a visible and outspoken supporter of Rudy Giuliani during the 2008 campaign, said he's interested in running for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat when it comes up in 2010.
"I am seriously considering the race for Hillary Clinton's seat," King told AP. "I'm very serious about it."
On potentially running against Caroline Kennedy, King, 64, said, "Obviously it would be a challenge to run against Caroline Kennedy. She has the name identification and for all I know she's a wonderful person. But this is not an anti-Kennedy campaign. "Nothing in life is easy. If anything, that makes the adrenaline pump a little harder."
King would be one of the more formidable candidates the Republicans could put up for Senate in 2010 -- but that doesn't mean that he would have much of a shot at victory, particularly given the sorry state of the GOP in New York state these days. What's more, without him running for reelection, the Republicans' hopes of holding NY-3 aren't great or even moderately good.
Now it's certainly true that New York is slated to lose seats in the upcoming round of redistricting, and with the Democrats now controlling the trifecta and likely maintaining that power position through the redistricting process it is very possible that the days of the GOP holding this district, or a similarly drawn district, were already numbered. That said, this news could be beginning of the story that ends with the Republicans holding no seats in New York state in the not-too-distant future.
We had a pretty good night on election night in the Northeast. We cleaned house. We nailed 1 GOP Senator, 6 House of Reps Districts, 1 State Senate and held on to all of the State Senates, State Houses, US House Reps and US Senators we had coming into this cycle.
That the Northeast is rapidly realigning towards team Blue is undeniable!
But the work my friends has merely begun. Forget the bunkum about us being irretrievably on defense in 2010 come below the fold to see who should be in our sights in 2010 as we stay on offense in the Northeast........
We need Change in a big way on Tuesday. We cannot afford to send status-quo politicians like Peter King, and their failed policies back to Washington. You deserve a Congressman with bold ideas who will invest in American innovation. Please share this video with everyone you know, especially those here on Long Island. I am asking for your support and your vote to make change a reality.
With Republican presidential nominee John McCain denouncing the Bush administration and the president nowhere to be found in close Senate and House races, Rep. Peter King nonetheless is standing firmly behind President George W. Bush.
It's not a surprising position for the outspoken King, a self-described "blue-collar Republican" who represents Long Island's sole remaining GOP-controlled district. King, 64, faces Democrat Graham Long, 25, of Glen Cove, who is making his first run for elected office.
Graham Long has an impressive grasp of national issues. Passionate about energy, he would give space-race-type priority to the development of alternative fuel sources. Long is the face of Long Island's next generation of political leaders...