Cantor: Medicare reform plan not harming GOP candidate in NY special

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) denied that his party's plan for Medicare reform has eroded support for the GOP candidate in the three-way special election in upstate New York’s 26th district seat.

Asked whether he were concerned that nearly unanimous party support for Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) Medicare overhaul would hurt Republican Jane Corwin in Tuesday's special election, Cantor responded, "No, not at all."

The No. 2 House Republican, who campaigned for Corwin recently in Rochester, told reporters "this is about the fact that it’s a three-way race; [Corwin] is facing a three-way race that has tended to make the race a lot closer than anyone thought but no, I do not think it can be seen as a signal as to the role of the budget reforms that we have proposed."

Voters in the district head to the polls on Tuesday to determine who will succeed former Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.). Lee resigned after the website Gawker published photos of him shirtless that he had allegedly sent to a woman who was not his wife.

Polls show Democratic candidate Kathy Hochul poised for an upset victory.

Democrats have attacked Corwin for defending the House-passed budget proposal, which includes a plan to remake Medicare into a sort of voucher system for future recipients who are currently under 55.

An independent self-financed candidate is also running for the seat.