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Conservative Stefanik Defeats Moderate Doheny in NY-21

9:50 AM, Jun 25, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Elise Stefanik beat Matt Doheny in New York's 21st congressional district GOP primary on Tuesday. With almost all of the votes tallied, Stefanik topped Doheny 61 percent to 39 percent.

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Infighting among conservatives and Republicans has helped hand the upstate New York House seat to Democrats in the three most recent elections. The 29-year-old Stefanik, who won the Conservative party nomination earlier this spring, campaigned as the only candidate who could unite conservatives, independents, and Republicans in order to win in November.

Republicans will have an good shot at taking over New York's 21st congressional district as well as New York's 1st congressional district, where 34-year-old state senator and Iraq war veteran Lee Zeldin won the GOP primary on Tuesday. In both districts, Republicans usually perform two percentage points better than the nation as a whole, according to the Cook Partisan Voting Index.

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