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A look at the battle for McCarthy’s seat
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Kevan Abrahams
Levy said Rice’s greatest political strength is “her ability to attract independents and soft Republicans” — voters who will not be present much in a closed-party primary in a non-presidential election year, when elections tend to skew toward the major parties’ bases. Abrahams will, however, be able to count to a greater degree on his most loyal constituency, minority Democratic voters, showing up at the polls.

“How well can a credible black candidate do in a district where a substantial number of voters are people of color?” Levy asked. “It’s going to be intriguing to see how well [Abrahams] can do, and whether a superior treasury and organization and name recognition can enable the white candidate to dominate.”

The Hofstra dean said he was interested in watching the race unfold for this reason, but he stopped short of predicting an outcome.

In the first quarter of 2014, Rice’s campaign raised more than four times as much money as that of any other candidate, Democrat or Republican, and she enjoys the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Working Families Party and many regional unions, among others. Rice declined an invitation to debate Abrahams before the primary.

Republican primary

The Republican primary looks to be even more lopsided. Bruce Blakeman is a well-connected political insider who has won elections in Nassau County before and is endorsed by the Nassau Republican, Conservative and Independence parties. Scaturro has never held office, but he has earned the displeasure of Republican leaders by running time and again against their hand-picked candidates.


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This article has presented a fairly comprehensive picture of the upcoming primaries candidates but has failed in one very important area. Kevan Abrahams who is running against Kathleen Rice for the Democratic spot has repeatedly sought to debate the Nassau DA. She has refused every request. As a result, she has lost the support of many potential backers. Kevan has gained those backers and has the support of many others. Clearly someone who refuses to face their opponent has something to hide, shows a lack of respect for the democratic process and deprives the public of the opportunity to get to know their candidates better. Before anyone goes to the polls on June 24th to cast their vote, think very hard about this. Kevan has nothing to hide. He is an honorable, dedicated man who has already served the residents of Nassau County well. Kathleen Rice may have an impressive platform. But actions speak louder than words. Her actions or repeated lack of action to debate Kevan casts a shadow of doubt upon her viability. This is a crucial point that the Herald candidates profile has not addressed in any detail other than to say, "Rice declined an invitation to debate Abrahams before the primary."

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