Race of the Day: Bishop vs. Zeldin in New York

Image: Tim Bishop, Steve Israel
After winning re-election, Democratic congressional candidates Steve Israel, left and Tim Bishop wave to supporters at the Islandia Marriott on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Islandia, N.Y. At right is Suffolk County Legislator Ricardo Montano. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)Kathy Kmonicek / AP

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In 2008, with a Democratic presidential candidate at the top of the ticket, Rep. Tim Bishop bested challenger Lee Zeldin in this eastern Long Island district. Two years later, when the Tea Party wave swept out many of his fellow freshmen, Bishop barely held on to his seat. Zeldin won a contested primary in June – aided by big-dollar hedge fund head donor Robert Mercer – and now he’s angling for a more competitive rematch. He would be the House’s only Jewish Republican, following the defeat of former Majority Leader Eric Cantor.