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DCCC Adds Dana Balter to Red to Blue Program as Poll Shows Increasingly Competitive Race

Balter Leads Katko 48-45, Cook Political Report Shifts Race Towards Democrats

DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos today announced Dana Balter would be added to the DCCC’s highly competitive Red to Blue program after a resounding win in the NY-24 Democratic primary.

Balter has earned a spot on the DCCC’s Red to Blue program by surpassing aggressive goals for grassroots engagement, local support, campaign organization and fundraising. Beyond her demonstrated ability to build a winning campaign infrastructure, Dana’s experience as a community advocate serves this district well.

“Dana Balter understands the challenges facing Central New Yorkers because she has lived them,” DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos said. “Inspired by her brother, Dana has fought for the needs of Americans with disabilities and began her career as a teacher and director of education for a disability services nonprofit. Dana is running a strong, locally focused grassroots campaign and is well-positioned to flip New York’s 24th district and ensure Central New Yorkers have a Representative fighting for them in Congress.”

The race in NY-24 is highly competitive. New polling conducted on behalf of the DCCC IE shows Dana Balter leading John Katko 48-45 with Vice President Biden leading President Trump by 18 points (54-36). Additionally, the non-partisan election forecasters at Cook Political Report upgraded Balter’s election chances citing, in part, the vulnerable Republican’s embrace of President Trump.

One of just three remaining Clinton districts held by a Republican running for re-election, NY-24 is longing for change. Katko heads into a general election with less cash than other vulnerable Republicans members in the state.

Red to Blue is a highly competitive and battle-tested DCCC program that arms top-tier candidates with organizational and fundraising support to help them continue to develop strong campaigns. Additionally, through Red to Blue the DCCC provides strategic guidance, staff resources, candidate trainings and more.

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