Congressional race expected to be heated, expensive
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Political analyst Jack O'Donnell says voters in the 27th congressional district, can expect to see plenty of the candidates up until Election Day.
"For those of you who don't like political ads, it's time to turn your tv off, we've got a doozie here," said O'Donnell.
With Chris Collins as the Republican candidate up against Kathy Hochul, the race is expected to get heated, and it's going to get costly. Already, it's estimated each party will spend millions to get the word out.
"This is a very big money race," said O'Donnell. "Already you've got Chris Collins, who is a very well-financed guy. A guy whose got his own money and knows how to raise money, and in Kathy Hochul you've got a real star of the Democratic party. She's been able to raise money nationally."
Hochul is currently representing a strongly Republican district. And the winner of this seat won't just have political impact locally. This race, among others, will help determine if Republicans keep their house majority, or lose it to the Democrats. Local leaders say, they know just how important this race is here, and across the country, and they're ready for the fight.
"This is a very tough race. Make no mistake. This is one that's gonna go 15 rounds. And we're prepared for that fight," said Nick Langworthy, Chair of the Erie County Republican Committee. "Kathy Hochul has masqueraded as somewhat of a moderate when she's here in the district, but when goes to Washington she votes pretty much lock step with her leadership."
"Chris Collins connects with the typical Romney voter. You know? The one percent, very up there people looking for tax breaks from the government," said Erie County Democratic Committee Chairman Len Lenihan. "Kathy connects with the working people, and I think that's gonna be the difference."
The 27th district includes all or parts of eight counties. Election day is Tuesday, November 6th.