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No GOP worries about Collins-Hochul

   TAMPA -- With a Buffalo News poll showing Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Hamburg, within striking distance of Republican Chris Collins in New York's GOP-heavy 27th Congressional District, you might think national Republicans would be worried.

   Think again.

   Guy Harrison, the executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told reporters Monday that he's confident about the state of the race, even though the widely respected Rothenberg Political Report rates it a toss-up despite a seven percentage point Republican edge in the district.

   "I'll take being tied in August," Harrison said.

    Meanwhile, Rep. Steve Scalise, who was in charge of Republican recruitment for House candidates, offered a succinct explanation why Hochul remains competitive.

    "It's because Hochul is an incumbent," said Scalise, R-La.

    The NRCC officials also expressed confidence that Maggie Brooks, the Republican county executive in Monroe County, might oust Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, in a new Rochester-based district with a Democratic voting edge.

    "It's going to be a close race," Harrison said.

    --Jerry Zremski

 

 

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

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Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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