Rep. John Katko and Dana Balter square off in a rematch for New York’s 24th District

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Republican Rep. John Katko is running in a rematch against Democrat Dana Balter in New York’s 24th Congressional District.

The candidates:

Katko, a former federal prosecutor and US Attorney in Syracuse, was first elected to New York’s 24th District in the 2014 Republican wave, defeating former Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei. 

In Congress, Katko serves on the House Homeland Security and the House Transporation and Infrastructure Committee and is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership and the Tuesday Group, coalitions of business-friendly Republicans in the House.

Katko has voted with President Donald Trump 75% of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight, most recently breaking with Trump to vote with Democrats on a bill to provide $25 billion to the US Postal Service. 

Katko occupies a unique position as one of just three House representatives running for reelection in a congressional district that was won by Hillary Clinton in 2016, along with Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Rep. Mike Garcia of California. Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, who represents the fourth Republican-held Clinton district, is retiring.

Balter is a former disability services professional and professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Her campaign platform mainly emphasizes expanding healthcare coverage to all, higher wages and building a fair economy, and reducing corporate influence and corruption in politics. 

Balter was also recently endorsed by former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

In the 2018 election, Katko defeated Balter by a margin of 5.2 percentage points, 52.6% to 47.4%

The district:

New York’s 24th District, located in Western New York, includes the cities of Syracuse and Oswego and part of Wayne County outside of Rochester, encompassing part of the shoreline of Lake Ontario. 

The district voted for President Barack Obama by a margin of 16 points, 57% to 41% in 2012, and voted for Clinton by a margin of 3.6 percentage points in 2016, according to Daily Kos Elections. 

The money race:

Katko has raised $2.3 million and spent over $827,000 this cycle compared to $1.1 million raised and $876,000 spent for Balter, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Katko currently outmatches Balter by a six-to-one ratio in cash on hand, last reporting $1.58 million in the bank compared to $253,000 for Balter. 

What some of the experts say: 

The race between Katko and Balter is rated as “tilts Republican” by Inside Elections and as a “tossup” by the Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. 

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