The news of Rep. John McHugh’s nomination as Secretary of the Army by President Barack Obama Tuesday afternoon has set off a succession scramble in upstate New York, giving Democrats an opportunity to pick-off yet another Republican seat in the Northeast.
McHugh’s departure will necessitate a special election much like the one conducted this past winter in New York’s 20th District. Democrats eked out a hard fought win there, and think they can do the same again.
The sprawling 23rd district, which stretches along much of the state’s Northern border, has a Republican registration advantage but like the rest of the region is becoming increasingly tenuous territory for the GOP. McHugh won a ninth term in November with 65 percent of the vote but Obama won 52 percent of district voters in the presidential race.