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Polls are open for federal, state and several local primary elections Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Republicans vying to carry their party’s banner in the race for First Congressional District include Randy Altschuler, Chris Cox and George Demos.

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Primary Races Down to the Wire

(Sept. 9, 2010)  For the first time since 1978, East End Republicans will have a choice of three candidates — Randy Altschuler, Chris Cox, and George Demos — in the primary election to determine who will challenge Representative Tim Bishop, a Democrat, in the November election.

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Randy Altschuler Claims $1.8M Cash On Hand in NY-1 Fight

It was the best fundraising quarter ever, says Randy Altschuler, the conservative Republican candidate who, along with Christopher Cox and George Demos, is vying for the chance to knock out incumbent Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop in Long Island’s NY-1.

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Manhattan Mosque Fires Up Long Island Race

Three Republicans—businessman Randy Altschuler, Richard Nixon grandson Chris Cox  and former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer George Demos—are all vying for the chance to challenge incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop.

…Mr. Altschuler, a millionaire businessman who is spending part of his personal fortune to run for Congress, calls the mosque plan “political correctness run amok” and an insult to those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center.

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The New York Republican establishment was handed a searing lesson in the perils of top-down machine politics last November.

Today, it’s the case of New York’s first congressional district, located in Long Island’s Suffolk County. Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop is in his fourth term in this battleground district, which George W. Bush won in 2004. He is under fire for party-line votes on everything from stimulus to health care. This is the sort of seat the GOP needs in order to gain a majority this fall.

The party looked set to do well. Businessman Randy Altschuler has been campaigning for more than a year on fiscal conservatism and pro-growth policies. The party banked him with strong fund raising and the endorsements of everyone from House GOP Whip Eric Cantor to local officials. He did face some competitors, including George Demos, a former SEC attorney, and Gary Berntsen, a former CIA official. New York has both Republican Party and Conservative Party ballot lines. In the usual course of things, Messrs. Altschuler, Demos and Berntsen would have engaged in a bottom-up competition for the committee votes and endorsements of the parties. One candidate would usually scoop both by spring, leaving him largely free to focus on Mr. Bishop.

Enter new state GOP party chairman Ed Cox—or rather, his son. Chris Cox, a lawyer, is a long-time resident of Manhattan. In January, however, he changed his voting address to his uncle’s house in the Hamptons and announced for NY 1. The airdrop of the party boss’s son caused an uproar.

Mr. Altschuler in May thumped Mr. Cox for the Conservative Party nomination, yet Mr. Cox keeps pursuing the Republican Party line. The Suffolk County GOP, under Ed Cox’s watchful eye, initially considered anointing his son. But grass-roots pushback has instead resulted in an open Sept. 14 primary for the Republican slot.

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McLaughlin: The Only Republican Candidate Who Can Beat Tim Bishop is Randy Altschuler

McLaughlin suggests that if Randy Altschuler does not get the Republican nomination Christopher Cox or George Demos will not be able to unseat NY-01’s Rep Tim Bishop.

“If a candidate is to win in this district this year, then they must have the Conservative Party line. If another candidate gets the Republican line they will not be able to generate the support necessary to win in November without the Conservative endorsement.”

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Only a fusion GOPer can beat Bishop

The Conservative Party candidate locked in a GOP primary for Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop’s seat has an internal polling memo showing that only a fusion candidate with the “C” and “R” lines can win that right-tilting district in the fall.

The memo, obtained by POLITICO, was done by pollster John McLaughlin, who’s working with businessman Randy Altschuler, the Conservative line candidate for the seat in which the GOP chips are still falling.

The memo basically suggests that the other candidates in the GOP field, which includes Christopher Cox, the grandson of Richard Nixon and son of the New York state GOP chairman, and former SEC attorney George Demos, are spoilers.

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Randy Altschuler Claims $1.8M Cash On Hand in NY-1 Fight

It was the best fundraising quarter ever, says Randy Altschuler, the conservative Republican candidate who, along with Christopher Cox and George Demos, is vying for the chance to knock out incumbent Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop in Long Island’s NY-1.

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Six Primaries That Could Matter

A similar scenario is playing out in NY 01, where several wealthy businessmen are vying for the right to challenge Rep. Tim Bishop (D). The Conservative Party likes Randy Altschuler (R), but consultant Chris Cox (R) and attorney George Demos (R) have raised or loaned themselves money too, and establishment support is coalescing around Cox, the son of the state party chairman.

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New York May Be ‘Microcosm’ for Republican House Wins (Update1)

U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, a New York Democrat who hasn’t faced a tough re-election campaign, now ranks among this year’s endangered incumbents…

Three Republicans, Randy Altschuler, 39, George Demos, 33, and Chris Cox, 31…are seeking the Republican nomination.

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