The primary election is next week but already the stage has been set for an epic battle between Republicans and Democrats in the general election for the 21st Congressional District seat held by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved $780,000 broadcast television advertising time in the Albany and Watertown markets.
The NRCC is aiming to take back the 21st Congressional District seat, which has long been held by Republican representatives, now that Rep. Owens, is stepping down. The NRCC is spending $30 million in advertising time in markets across the country.
“Democrats in competitive districts will be hitting the panic button today. Republicans are on offense in races coast-to-coast because families across the country are increasingly frustrated by the Obama Administration and the president’s Democrat allies who rubber stamp his out-of-touch agenda in the House.” said NRCC Spokeswoman Andrea Bozek, in a news release.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reserved more than $800,000 in advertising time in and around the 21st Congressional District in May.
The DCCC plans to spend $480,000 on Albany broadcast and cable ads, $200,000 on Burlington, Vt., and Plattsburgh broadcast ads and $140,000 for Watertown broadcast ads from Oct. 21 to Nov. 4.
Republicans Matthew A. Doheny and Elise M. Stefanik are running for their party’s nomination in a June 24 primary. Mr. Doheny has been endorsed by the New York state Independence Party and Ms. Stefanik has been endorsed by the state Conservative Party.
Aaron G. Woolf, a documentary filmmaker from Elizabethtown, is running as a Democrat and Matthew J. Funiciello, a bakery and cafe owner from Glens Falls, is running as a Green Party candidate.