Republicans see an opportunity to take back a congressional seat they lost to Democrats in New York City in the last election cycle by running a law-and-order campaign.
The GOP pinned its hopes on New York Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who currently represents parts of New York’s 11th Congressional District, Staten Island and Bay Ridge in the borough of Brooklyn.
The congressional seat is held by first-term Democratic Rep. Max Rose and is considered an R+3 toss-up by the Cook Political Report. As a result of redistricting, retirements, scandals, and resignations, the seat has flipped frequently between both parties in recent election cycles.
Malliotakis decisively won her June primary after early returns showed her ahead of her opponent by 40 points. The New York City Republican was first elected to the State Assembly 10 years ago at the height of the Tea Party movement.