Friday, January 05, 2007

CQ Recaps Race

Congressional Quarterly gives a round up on the 15 Republicans who barely won. Here is Walsh's:

Republican Rep. James T. Walsh defeated Democratic former congressional staffer Dan Maffei 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent, a margin of 1.6 percentage points, to claim a 10th House term.

Walsh appeared to have plenty of political armor as he sought to assure himself of a full two decades in the House. His senior position on the House Appropriations Committee — and his concomitant ability to point to federal funds he’d deliver for the Syracuse-based district — had made him appear so strong that the Democrats failed to run a challenger to him as recently as 2004.

But Walsh, facing the double whammy of a tough Republican year and an energetic Democratic opponent, proved unexpectedly vulnerable in 2006.

Maffei, the Democratic challenger, had returned to his home district after several years in Washington, where he worked for such long-tenured New York Democrats as the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Rep. Charles B. Rangel, the senior Democrat on the influential Ways and Means Committee.

Despite Walsh’s strong past performances, the 25th is hardly a GOP stronghold: Democratic presidential candidate Kerry edged Bush in the district in 2004.

But Walsh’s longtime reputation of delivering for his constiutents helped him stem the tide and obtain victory — albeit by a much narrower margin than those to which he had grown accustomed. — Marie Horrigan


At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Walsh can't lose no matter what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't even try to stop him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Walsh always wins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

At 11:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10:33pm - and that's why this was the 13th closest House Race in America? Doesn't sound so invinceable to me.

Judging by the number of times Walsh has dived in front of a camera this week, I don't think he thinks he is so unbeatable either.

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish Dan lost by more so I wouldn't have to see Walsh's ugly face on TV for two more years.

At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all feel the same. We all wanted walsh to win by a landslide because he is a good congressman. Don't worry, next time, he will beat maffei by a landslide.go jim go!

At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Walsh supporters are so worried they moniter this site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and feel the need to post crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Well Gage and the rest of you almost losers enjoy your next two years they will be your last in public office or working for a congressman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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