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