In a competitive congressional primary, Elizabeth Crowley makes the general-election argument

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City Coucilwoman Elizabeth Crowley made the electability argument during an interview on NY1 last night about her congressional race:

"I think that's what sets me apart from my two opponents," she said. "I've been proven to beat Republicans in general elections in the past. I'm a New York City Council member that is the first Democrat and the first female to represent the 30th council district."

Republicans delivered a couple of surprisingly strong showings in two recent special elections: Bob Turner's election last year to Anthony Weiner's vacated congressional seat and the too-close-to-call race for Carl Kruger's vacated seat in the State Senate. 

But the general election Crowley or one of her competitors would face in NY-06, the district of retiring congressman Gary Ackerman, isn't expected to be as favorable for the Republicans. (Of course, notwithstanding the fact that the Democrats ran highly flawed campaigns in each, niether were the contests for Weiner's and Kruger's seats.)

The Democratic nominee will be running against Dan Halloran, a lawyer who, in 2009, won a Council seat in Bayside which, for years, had been represented by a Republican. The Democratic candidate Halloran beat in 2009 emerged from a crowded primary and Democrats didn't unite afterward.

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Democratic turnout should be high this November, given that it's a presidential election year with New York's junior U.S. senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, also up for re-election.

In the primary, Crowley is facing Grace Meng, whom the county organization is backing and who, like 40 percent of the population in the newly reconfigured district, is Asian; and Rory Lancman, an assemblyman who has picked up endorsements from 1199 SEIU, 32BJ and the Working Families Party.