stefanikprofileFrom the Morning Memo:

Freshman Rep. Elise Stefanik would face an easy path to re-election against Democratic challenge Mike Derrick and Green Party hopeful Matt Funiciello, a poll released by the National Republican Campaign Committee on Tuesday found.

Stefanik, a Republican who represents the North Country congressional seat in Congress, is supported for re-eelction with 51 percent of the vote over Derrick’s 17 percent and Funiciello’s 13 percent, the poll found.

Nineteen percent of voters remain undecided.

The poll found 43 percent — a plurality — believe Stefanik deserves to be re-elected, while 32 percent prefer someone new.

Voters “strongly approve” of the job Stefanik is doing in Congress by 23 percent, with 35 percent approving of her job. A combined 24 percent either disapprove or strongly disapprove of her job performance.

She polls well with both independents — 51 percent to 23 percent approve of her job performance — as well as “moderates” who give her a 55 percent approval.

Stefanik won the seat last year following the retirement of Rep. Bill Owens in the district, which reaches New York’s northern-most border with Canada and compromises much of the Adirondack Park, handily defeating Democrat Aaron Woolf and Funiciello.

The 21st congressional district has been considered a battleground district for both major parties since even before the 2012 round of redistricting when President Obama selected Rep. John McHugh to become the secretary of the Army.

NRCC 15.09 NY 21 Memo by Nick Reisman