New York 4: Remains Safe for Democrats for Now

Nathan L. Gonzales January 8, 2014 · 3:03 PM EDT

Citing her battle with lung cancer, New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy also announced her retirement on Wednesday. The Democratic congresswoman leaves behind a 4th District that Barack Obama won with 56 percent in 2012 and 2008 and John Kerry won in 2004, 53 percent to 46 percent.

There is a chance that Republicans could challenge for the open seat under certain conditions. But we’re keeping the 4th District as Safe for Democrats for now in the Rothenberg Political Report ratings until Republicans prove they have a candidate who can compete.

Roll Call lists Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice (D), state Sen. Jack Martins (R), and Hempstead Councilman Anthony J. Santino (R) as potential candidates.