Updated: October 31, 2020 09:47 PM
Created: October 31, 2020 09:38 PM
WILTON & PLATTSBURGH - In a nation that is unquestionably angrily divided politically, there might not be a more contentious race then in New York's 21st Congressional District.
Seeking her fourth term in Congress, and already holding the distinction of becoming the youngest woman elected to the House of Representatives, 36-year old Elise Stefanik (R - Schuylerville) is taking anything for granted.
"Every vote is going to matter," Stefanik asserts, "So this is about energizing our voters."
To that end, the GOP held a campaign rally in Saratoga County Saturday afternoon, with most of the attendees wearing masks, but void of social distancing.
"People are energized and enthusiastic," Stefanik proclaims, "This is more people at an event than my opponent has ever gotten."
Meanwhile, up in Plattsburgh, many of challenger Tedra Cobb's (D - Canton) democratic supporters, in sub freezing weather, remained inside their cars, showing their enthusiasm by honking their horns.
"There are just no words to express the gratitude that I feel for all of the people who have already voted for me, who will vote for me, and all of the people who have worked with me," Cobb expressed.
The differences between the candidates extend far beyond Saturday's campaign rallies.
"This is a very distinct, clear choice of policy differences," Stefanik asserts, "I advocate for lower taxes and have never voted to raise taxes. My opponent has twenty times."
"I think what we're hearing from voters is what we've been hearing all along this trail, and that is they're worried about their future, they're worried about health care, they're worried about putting food on the table and their jobs," Cobb says.
In a massive 14 county congressional district, party enrollment favors the Republican, but for down ballot coattail purposes, polls point to a Biden victory in New York State and across the country.
"The polls don't determine elections, the American people do,"Stefanik states, "I think it's going to be similar to 2016 in that there may be some surprises on Election Night."
"For over thirty years I've lived here and I fought for people and to make our lives a little bit better," said Cobb. "That's what I hope to do when I win."
Two years ago, with 56% of the vote, Elise Stefanik easily knocked off Tedra Cobb in their first match-up. the unknown variable this year is whether or not President Donald Trump's coattails will have an impact one way or another.
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