Statewide, House Races Hang In BalancePosted: Updated:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeks a third term and Republicans and Democrats battle over the makeup of the state's congressional delegation as the caustic election midterm election campaign reaches its climax.
Voters across the state will decide Tuesday on candidates for governor, senator, attorney general, state legislature, and 27 seats in the U.S. House.
In the governor's race, polls suggest incumbent Democrat Cuomo is far ahead of Republican Marc Molinaro and three third-party challengers.
Tuesday's ballot also features a contest for state attorney general between Democrat Tish James and Republican Keith Wofford.
Some of the most watched races this year involve incumbent Republican members of congress fighting an unusual number of Democratic challengers.
In western New York, Republican Congressman Chris Collins is seeking another term despite federal charges of insider trading. In the Hudson Valley, Republican Rep. John Faso faces Democrat Antonio Delgado in a race considered a dead heat.
In central New York, first-term Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney hopes to fend off Democrat Anthony Brindisi.
Democrats are aiming to win control of the state Senate, the GOP's last bastion in the Legislature.
New York has more than 12 million registered voters. Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 2 to 1.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Unlike many other states where millions of votes have already been cast, New York doesn't have early voting, though many have mailed in absentee ballots.