When we talk about the battleground House races in New York, the Westchester race between Republican town Supervisor Joe Carvin and Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey doesn’t come up all that often.

So that’s what makes this negative mailer from the state Democratic Committee on behalf of Lowey’s campaign a bit curious.

The mailer attacks Carvin for what appears to be his opposition to the Affordable Healthcare Act — also known as Obamacare — and takes on the GOP candidate in the female demographic.

The mailer says Carvin would deny health care to women with pre-existing conditions and allow insurance companies to drop coverage.

It could be just standard fare a few weeks before Election Day. But the Carvin campaign says it’s a sign that Lowey might be scared if Democrats are turning negative.

“New York’s richest member of Congress is digging deep in her pockets for mud. This latest piece appears to have come express from Chicago politics,” said Carvin spokesman Bill O’Reilly. Hard negatives from 24-year incumbents spell only one thing: F-E-A-R. No wonder Ms. Lowey refused Joe Carvin’s offer to cap spending in the race at $500,000.”

Lowey faced a relatively easy time in 2010, when Westchester County Republicans tried to take candidate Jim Russell off the ballot. The local GOP was quick to disavow Russell, a perennial candidate, after writings critical of interracial marriage surfaced.

But Republicans were unable to be get Russell off the ballot and instead urged voters to back the write-in candidacy of Cortes DeRussy.

In the end, Lowey received 68 percent of the vote.

This time around, the Republicans have Carvin, a moderate who the GOP better reflects the suburban voter (and, interesting enough, has an African-American wife. Carvin round blasted Russell in the June primary over the writings).

Nonetheless, Republicans have remained confident they can make in-roads in Westchester County, which has been long a Democratic stronghold, thanks in part to the upset victory of County Executive Rob Astorino (though it was traditionally the home of Rockefeller Republicans for years).

The last Republican to represent the area in Congress was ex-Rep. Joe DioGuardi.

Lowey Negative Mailer Oct. 2012