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In New York, Richard Hanna Facing Rematch From His Right

A moderate Republican, Hanna has received a primary opponent from his right. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

New York Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney announced Tuesday she will challenge Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., in the Republican primary next year, setting up a fight between the three-term tea party state legislator against a moderate incumbent.  

Tenney, who challenged Hanna in the 2014 primary, framed the race as one against a “Washington incumbent who betrays Republican and conservative values.” “Politicians in Washington tell us what we want to hear in the district, but vote the opposite when they go to Washington,” she said in a statement that came out ahead of a three-stop tour of the 22nd  District. “Hanna continues to surrender our principles on the steps of the Capitol and sides with the President and Democrats to keep his seat in power.”  

Indicted Rep. Chaka Fattah Gets Strong Primary Challenger

The indicted Fattah has drawn a serious challenger for his Philadelphia House seat. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

When Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., was indicted in July on 29 corruption charges , strategists in the state questioned  whether any strong candidates would  challenge the 11-term incumbent in a primary his heavily Democratic Philadelphia-based seat.  

They got their answer earlier this week when state Rep. Dwight Evans, a longtime Philadelphia politician with considerable clout among the Pennsylvania Democratic establishment, announced he'll challenge Fattah in a primary in this safe Democratic seat. With Evans' entrance into the contest, Democratic strategists say Fattah's future in Congress looks a little less certain.  

N.Y. Lawyer Joins Democratic Primary to Challenge John Katko

Katko is one of the most vulnerable House Republicans seeking re-election next year.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another Democrat has launched a campaign for the party's nod to take on vulnerable Republican Rep. John Katko next year.  

On Monday, New York lawyer Steve Williams on Monday announced his candidacy, joining two others  already in the race — former Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand aide Colleen Deacon and Syracuse University Professor Eric Kingson.  “From Wayne to Cayuga counties, from Oswego to Syracuse — people have told me they want an advocate in Congress who will fight to create jobs and get the economy working for everyone in Central New York," Williams said in a statement. "I’ve spent my career winning tough fights, and that’s what I’m going to do in Congress."