ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Republican congressional primary in central New York pits an incumbent against a tea-party backed challenger questioning his GOP credentials.
The contest Tuesday between two-term Congressman Richard Hanna of Barneveld and state Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney of New Hartford could effectively settle this year's race in the 22nd District. Democrats didn't put up a candidate.
Hanna is rated as a moderate in Congress. He was endorsed by the National Rifle Association and most county committees in the district.
Tenney was endorsed by the state Conservative Party based on her votes in the Legislature, including opposition to the gun control law championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Hanna also has the Independence Party line in the November election.
The district runs from Lake Ontario around Oswego through the Mohawk Valley to the Pennsylvania border around Binghamton.