Sean Eldridge, Democrat, New York’s 19th District
One of 17 Republicans representing districts Obama carried in 2012, GOP Rep. Chris Gibson started the cycle as a top Democratic target. Democrats were hopeful Eldridge — the wealthy husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes — could mount a serious challenge.
But Eldridge stumbled right out the gate with a New York Times profile that made him look out of touch in this largely blue-collar district, nestled in the far-reaching New York City suburbs and stretching into the Catskill mountains. As a result, Republicans nicknamed him “$ean Eldridge” — a moniker that’s stuck with him throughout the campaign.
Eldridge’s bid never really recovered, and the DCCC never reserved television airtime here to change that.
Rating: Leans Republican
Latest poll has Gibson with a 24-point lead over Eldridge.