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RATINGS CHANGE: Cook Political Report Shifts NY-02 to Toss-Up

Nonpartisan Race Rater Cites Strong Jackie Gordon Fundraising, Weak Garbarino Campaign

This morning, the non-partisan Cook Political Report shifted New York’s 2nd Congressional District to “Toss-Up” from “Lean Republican.”

This shift comes after FEC reports showed that Jackie Gordon has a massive 11:1 cash advantage over Andrew Garbarino.

Check out the full analysis of the race below:

NY-02: OPEN (King) (R) – South Shore Long Island: Islip, Babylon
Toss Up. Longtime GOP Rep. Peter King announced in November he won’t seek reelection and quickly endorsed Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino, who won the June 23 primary with 64 percent. But Garbarino, an attorney, raised an alarmingly anemic $120,000 in the second quarter and has $104,000 on hand against Democratic Babylon Councilwoman Jackie Gordon’s $1.1 million.

The 2nd CD is known as a bedroom for firefighters and law enforcement and voted for Trump 53 percent to 44 percent in 2016, but Barack Obama carried it 52 percent to 47 percent in 2012. The Jamaican-born Gordon worked as a public school guidance counselor and retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserves. Garbarino may need a bailout from outside GOP groups.

“Between her career as a combat veteran, Military Police Officer and educator, her deep ties to the district, and dominant fundraising, Gordon is building an organization that can take on and defeat Andrew Garbarino,” said DCCC Spokesperson Christine Bennett. “Long Islanders are ready for effective, fresh leadership, which is exactly why they’ll elect Jackie Gordon this November.”


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