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New York 13th District

Open Seat (R)


Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon (D)

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Bob Straniere

Bob Straniere (R)

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Polling Data

PollDateSampleMcMahon (D)Straniere (R)Spread
Final Results----60.933.3McMahon +27.6

Previous Election Results

2006: Fossella (R) 57, Harrison (D) 43
2004: Fossella (R) 59, Barbaro (D) 41
2002: Fossella (R) 70, Mattsson (D) 28

2004: Bush (R) 55, Kerry (D) 45
2000: Gore (D) 52, Bush (R) 44

Race Summary

A DUI and admitted extramarrital affair led GOP Rep. Vito Fossella to announce in May that he would not run for re-election. In June, the GOP's last hope for retaining the seat, Frank Powers, died. It now appears that the winner of the September 9 Democratic primary will win the seat.

And that person is New York City Councilman Mike McMahon, who easily defeated attorney Stephen Harrison, the 2006 nominee, in the primary with 75% of the vote. The Republican nominee is former state Assemblyman Bob Straniere, who defeated four others to win the GOP nomination.

All Commentary & News Stories

- Fossella Arrested For DUI - Washington Post

- Fossella Admits To Affair - New York Times

- Fossella Hangs On, But For How Long? - Washington Post

- Fossella Ending Re-Election Bid - New York Times

- GOP Fossella Replacement Dies - New York Daily News