N.Y. Lost Two Seats, Gained Races

The post-Census reapportionment cost New York two of its 29 congressional seats.

The new districts placed many of those who remained in competitive races this fall.

Seven of New York’s House members — more than one-fourth of the delegation — are rated as endangered by political analyst Charles Cook, who rates congressional races. That’s more than in any other state.

“They’re all relatively new, they’re running in new districts and it’s a presidential election,” said former Republican Rep. James Walsh, who did not seek re-election in 2008 after 10 terms and now works for the lawyer-lobbying firm K&L Gates LLP.

New York sent six new Republicans to Washington in 2010, and four of them are on Cook’s vulnerable list: Ann Marie Buerkle, Chris Gibson, Nan Hayworth and Michael Grimm.

Three Democrats are rated as endangered as well: Kathy Hochul, who won a special election in 2011, Tim Bishop and Bill Owens.

The Democrats will be running on a ticket led by President Barack Obama, notes Albert Cover, a political science professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Also on the ticket: Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, whom Cook considers a shoo-in for re-election.

That means voters will have to split their tickets if the Republicans are to win another term. “It’s an uphill battle” for some Republicans, Cook said, “given the fact that is a presidential election year in New York.”

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