Lots of commercials, lots of money in tight 19th Congressional District

November 07, 2016 06:46 PM

Democrat Zephyr Teachout enlisted the help of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for one last chance of campaigning for the 19th Congressional District at Country View Diner in Brunswick on Monday morning.
Sunday's Time Warner Cable News Siena Poll has Teachout down six points to John Faso.  Last week's NewsChannel 13 Survey USA poll had Teachout up by three points.
"The polls have been all over the place. What this comes down to is people getting out to vote," said Teachout.

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Republican John Faso met us in Cobleskill during a day of campaigning from door to door.
"It comes down to turnout. The Siena poll was very good for us. But the only poll that really matters is tomorrow. And we're working on getting people out to vote," said Faso.
The seat is left open by retiring Republican Congressman Chris Gibson. In that latest Siena poll, 60 percent of voters view him in a favorable light. But it's a different story for the actual candidates. There are more people who view them unfavorably than favorably.

That might have something to do with the volume of negative ads. Nearly $12 million has poured into this race in the form of independent expenditures, or outside donations according to campaign filings. Campaign spending transparency website Open Secrets says it's the top ten most expensive congressional races in the country. Millions came from the Congressional Leadership Fund for work against Teachout, and millions came from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee against Faso.
"Honestly, what I hear is people want to move away from the negative outside money. And from the beginning I've been standing up against that. Because that doesn't serve people," said Teachout.
"She and the DCCC should be ashamed of it. I'm not really worried about it. I think the people see through the falseness of these ads. From what I've hear from people on the street, I think we're doing well," said Faso.

WEB EXTRA: John Faso

If you compare this election to the one between Elise Stefanik, Mike Derrick, and Matt Funicello. Outside groups have spent almost 20 times more in the 19th congressional district than in the 21st.


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