4 Women Try to Unseat House Republicans in N.Y.; Donors and Celebrities Take Notice

From an article by Lisa W. Foderaro on the New York Times website published 10/25.


Tedra Cobb, speaking with Tim White, the chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic Committee, in July. Ms. Cobb is running against Representative Elise Stefanik in upstate New York. Credit: Brett Carlsen for The New York Times

New York is one of nine states with four or more female Democrats challenging Republican House incumbents, trailing only Texas, California, Florida and Ohio, according to Rutgers University‚Äôs Center for American Women and Politics. And of the four women in New York, all but one, Tedra Cobb, a former county legislator who is taking on Representative Elise Stefanik, are making their first runs for public office. …

Ms. Cobb is the only one of the four Democratic women who is taking on a female incumbent in Ms. Stefanik, in a district in the North Country that has 50,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats. Still, Ms. Cobb, who has crisscrossed the vast district, shaking hands at county fairs, managed to raise $1.1 million through the end of September. …

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