From noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Republican voters will take to the polls to decide whether Elise M. Stefanik or Matthew A. Doheny will carry their party’s banner into the general election.
Ms. Stefanik is campaigning door to door in Warren, Saratoga and Washington Counties today and Mr. Doheny will be in Glens Falls.
There was much activity in the race over the weekend, as the candidates laid the groundwork for the final push.
Ms. Stefanik campaigned in Watertown on Saturday and Mr. Doheny attended Catholic Mass at St. Patrick’s here on Sunday.
Both candidates announced they had received an A rating from the Shooters Committee on Political Education, a Second Amendment group, and Mr. Doheny announced he had been endorsed by Meredith George, the New York state coordinator of the Parental Rights Organization.
“Elise Stefanik, candidate for New York’s 21st Congressional District, is rated A by SCOPE for her commitment to protect the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of New York State,” said SCOPE President Stephen Aldstadt, in a news release.
“By signing SCOPE’s Candidate Pledge, Matt Doheny has demonstrated his commitment to protect and restore the right to keep and bear arms. That right is recognized in the Second Amendment to the United State Constitution. Matt Doheny is rated A by SCOPE for his commitment to protect the civil liberties of New York’s citizens in the 21st Congressional District,” Mr. Adstadt said about Mr. Doheny.
The two candidates previously clashed over the “SCOPE pledge” — a document intended to indicate a candidate’s willingness to repeal New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Act of 2013, a piece of state legislation.
Mr. Doheny, a signatory to the pledge, attacked Ms. Stefanik for not signing it.
Ditto the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge created by Grover Norquist. Mr. Doheny signed it, Ms. Stefanik said her pledge was to the voters of the district and refused to sign it.
The National Rifle Association has given both candidates a rating of AQ, the highest rating a non-incumbent candidate can earn.
The winner of the Republican primary will go on to face Democrat Aaron G. Woolf and Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello in the general election.