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This Week in Politics: Money Pours into Regional Races, Cuomo Hits Campaign Trail

Saturday, October 27, 2012

US President Barack Obama smiles with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (R) during a tour of the of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s (CNSE) Albany NanoTech Complex at SUNY (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

On This Week in Politics, WNYC political reporters run down some of the top political stories from the week that was, providing insight and analysis on local, state and national political issues that touch the region.

Report: Outside Money Floods House Races, Too

Money flooding in politics after the Citizens United Supreme Court decision isn't only affecting the presidential campaign.  A new Brennan Center for Justice report says money is flooding in to House races as well, including three in New York, in hopes of affecting the balance of power in congress.

Asian American Assemblywoman Vies to Make History in Queens Congressional Race

If elected to Congress, Grace Meng would be the first Asian American in Congress from a state east of the Pacific coast.  But to win, she has to overcome Dan Halloran, a Republican with ties to the district that date back a century.

The Assemblywoman has pulled in more than $1.5 million from predominantly Asian donors in the tri-state area. Halloran has managed to raise less than $75,000 — or just one-twentieth of his opponent.

Cuomo Tapped to Campaign in Swing States

Governor Andrew Cuomo will be hitting the campaign trail in the coming weeks for President Barack Obama. On Thursday, Cuomo said he’d been asked the campaign to travel outside of New York as a surrogate for the president.

Other political news from this week:

Control of NY State Senate Could Come Down to the Wire

This election will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the State Senate in the next term, and it could come down to just a few hundred votes in a small number of key Senate contests. Both sides are hopeful that they will be victorious.

Despite Retooled Image, Linda McMahon Lags in CT Senate Race

It’s a close race in Connecticut to fill retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman’s Senate seat. Republican Linda McMahon, a former pro wrestling executive, is running against Democrat Chris Murphy, a three-term congressman. McMahon’s wrestling ties hurt her Senate campaign two years ago, but this year, Connecticut Democrats are more interested in linking her to Mitt Romney.

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