The DCCC yesterday released the results of their latest poll in NY-19, and the news was good for Antonio Delgado.
Delgado leads Faso by 7 points (49% to 42%) in a DCCC survey of likely general election voters conducted in New York’s 19th Congressional District.
The generic ballot further illustrates the challenging environment for the incumbent congressman. Voters favor a generic Democrat by 10 points over a generic Republican (49% to 39%).
Voters view Delgado much more favorably than Faso: 35% of voters view Delgado favorably, compared to only 15% with an unfavorable view. Conversely, a whopping 45% of voters view Faso unfavorably, including 26% of registered Republicans, compared to only 30% who rate him favorably.
The survey also asked about Trump:
To make matters worse for Faso, voters disapprove of his job performance as congressman and of Donald Trump’s performance as president. Just 33% of voters approve of the job John Faso is doing as congressman, compared to 45% who disapprove. Remarkably, even 23% of registered Republicans disapprove of Faso’s performance. Trump’s ratings are similar – 39% of voters approve of his job as president, while 53% disapprove.
The incumbent usually leads in the polls going into an election because the incumbent has been in the news for months or years, building a name and a brand, while the challenger struggles to be noticed. But in this case, Faso hasn’t been able to hide from the Democrats without also hiding from everyone else. And whenever Faso does get press, it’s usually in the context of activists protesting his horrible policies, or it’s in letters to the editor criticizing him. No wonder so few of our neighbors give Faso a favorable rating. But more importantly for Delgado, Faso’s 45% unfavorable rating is astonishingly bad.
Meanwhile, Delgado released his first campaign ad since winning the Democratic primary, and it’s excellent:
Delgado’s ad puts his bona fides front and center, to counter the nauseating BS that Faso tweeted when Delgado won the primary: “…our neighbors do not look kindly upon candidates who have just moved into our district and presume to represent us.”
Delgado is much more a son of this district than Faso. Delgado grew up in Schenectady, which is only a few miles outside our district and mirrors the same challenges and issues Delgado will face as Congressman. What’s more, Delgado’s wife grew up in Kingston and has roots there. Faso, on the other hand, grew up on Long Island and moved to Kinderhook in 1983 to run for a State Assembly seat that was being vacated by retiring Republican Larry Lane, a long-serving politician.
So it was outsider Faso who moved to the area to run for office, presuming to represent us. It’s hard to surpass hypocrisy that brazen.
As we learned in 2016, polling can be skewed or irrelevant, and it’s certain that Faso will spend much of his outsider-PAC money on ads smearing Delgado (who announced recently that he will not accept corporate PAC money). So we still have an uphill battle to elect Delgado and begin to put the brakes on the ruinous and cruel Trump train.
The latest news is cause for optimism, but no cause for complacency or overconfidence. Let’s keep working to Fire Feckless Faso…