NY-4: Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D) is retiring, leaving an open seat for 2014. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice quickly became the frontrunner in the Democratic primary and general election though the primary proved much closer than anticipated. She became the official nominee yesterday winning 53% of the primary vote. On the Republican side, attorney and former Nassau County legislator Bruce Blakeman won the nomination. Rice remains the front runner for the general election.
NY-11: Rep. Michael Grimm (R) and NYC Councilman Domenic Recchia (D) will face off in what is likely to be a very competitive election in November. Grimm was recently indicted on 20 counts of fraud, but maintains his innocence and is still running for re-election. Recchia, a NYC councilman, is a credible challenger and right now, Grimm is the underdog.
NY-13: Rep. Charles Rangel was one of the most vulnerable Democrats in a primary this election cycle, but was able to hold off a challenge from state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. Rangel did not have an easy primary, due to his past censure by the House for failing to pay taxes and facing a Hispanic challenger in an increasingly Hispanic district. Rangel is safe in the general election.
NY-18: The 18th district will see a rematch with former Rep. Nan Hayworth (R) challenging Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D), who ousted the freshman in 2012. This district has switched parties in three of the past four elections and is known for its moderate representatives.
NY-19: Rep. Chris Gibson (R) will be facing venture capitalist Sean Eldridge (D) in November. Gibson sits in a Democratic leaning district, making it a top target for Democrats in 2014. Eldridge, 27, is married to the co-founder of Facebook, and will be able to self-fund the campaign and has already started spending massive amounts, making this an interesting race to watch.
NY-21: Former Bush administration aide Elise Stefanik (R) has won the Republican nomination and will face Aaron Woolf (D), a documentary filmmaker in November. Stefanik, 29, announced her candidacy before Rep. Bill Owens (D) announced his retirement. After Owens' announcement, businessman Matt Doheny, who has run previously for the seat, entered the GOP primary as well. Stefanik had already rallied much of Republican establishment around her candidacy and was supported by Mitt Romney, Rep. Paul Ryan and American Crossroads as the candidate who would be better in the general election. This is a prime pick up opportunity for the Republicans.
NY-22: Rep. Richard Hanna (R) survived a primary challenge from state Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney 53-47. Tenney was running to Hanna's right and was not perceived as a large threat. However, after Cantor's surprising loss last week, this race, with similar dynamics, started gaining national attention. There is no Democrat on the ballot in the general.