GOP steps up crime message in midterm’s final stretch

              FILE - New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during a news conference about upcoming "Gun Free Zone" implementation at Times Square, Aug. 31, 2022, in New York. Hochul in recent days announced the endorsement of several law enforcement unions and released her own ad with a public safety message titled, “Focused on it,” to remind voters that she toughened the state’s gun laws. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, File)
              FILE - Dr. Mehmet Oz, Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, speaks during a campaign stop in Erie, Pa., Sept. 29, 2022. Oz, has toured the state holding “safe streets” forums in Black communities. Asked by a reporter about his focus on crime, Oz pointed to a conversation he had with Black Republican ward leaders in Philadelphia that turned from economic issues to struggling Black-owned businesses. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)
              FILE - Suffolk County Congressman Lee Zeldin listens as he prepares to participate in New York's Republican gubernatorial debate at the studios of CBS2 TV, June 13, 2022, in New York. Zeldin, the Republican challenging New York Gov. Kathy Hochul in next month's election, has delivered his anti-crime message while speaking at buildings and bodegas in diverse New York City neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)