Zeldin, Bishop near finish line in tight race
The candidates in the tightly contested 1st Congressional District are trying to use what little time remains before Election Day to get their messages out.
Republican state Sen. Lee Zeldin is trying to unseat incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop, a six-term Democrat from Southampton.
"This is our opportunity on Tuesday, from our little corner of America, to send a message to Washington that the status quo is totally unacceptable to us, we want a better direction and we're not happy with the way things are right now," says Zeldin.
Bishop remains upbeat, noting that he's been in close races before since his first election in 2002. This year, however, Bishop and other Democrats nationwide are fighting President Barack Obama's low public opinion numbers in addition to their opponents.
"I just tell people to judge me by who I am," says Bishop. "I've done the job. I'm the guy that's solved 17,000 constituent service cases, not President Obama. I'm the guy who's brought jobs back to the district."
The 1st Congressional District covers eastern Suffolk County, stretching from Smithtown to Orient and Montauk points.