With Katko’s decision to retire at the end of the year, Professor Grant Reeher says the new district could be up for grabs for a moderate democrat. "A Republican on the far right who's denying the legitimacy of the 2020 election, for example, is not going to win over a lot of independents,” says Reeher.
Rep. John Katko (R-NY 24th District) announced his retirement last week, creating an opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat. But some experts warn that nominating someone who is too far to the left could turn off moderate voters, such as those who voted for both Biden and Katko in 2020.
“What I see her doing right now is pushing restrictions and regulations about as far as they can be pushed given the appetite of the people for them at this point,” says Professor Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute.