Posted BY: Jasmine | NwoReport

An upcoming New York special election to fill a vacant U.S. House seat could be a barometer for the midterm elections, GOP officials say, with Republicans hoping to set the stage for victory in November.

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is set to face Democratic Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan in a special election being held on Aug. 23. The two men are vying to fill the seat vacated by new Democratic New York Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado, and the GOP sees the race as a chance to start a “red wave.”

“It’s a preview of what is to come in the November midterms,” Molinaro told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “The House is going to flip. The question is, how big will the wave be? If we win on Aug. 23, it could be historic.”

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The 19th district comprises New York’s Hudson Valley and portions of the region around Albany. In 2018 it was considered a battleground district and was targeted by the Democrats as a seat to flip, with Delgado winning 51.4% of the vote. Biden won the district by 1.5 percentage points in 2020.

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