Numerous Key Primary Races in New York State Today
6/26/2012 10:45:20 AM
By Erik Sorensen
CENTRAL NEW YORK -- Today is Primary Day in New York State, for federal offices -- the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
After the first of the year, whoever wins New York's 22nd House seat will no longer represent any of Cayuga County, because of redistricting. Currently, first-term Rep. Richard Hanna represents most of the county, including all of the city of Auburn.
But Hanna faces a possibly tough Republican primary challenge today from a former supporter -- Michael Kicinski of Earlville. Kicinski is a member of the Tea Party, and he says Hanna is one of the most liberal Republicans in Congress.
The winner of today's primary will take on Democrat Dan Lamb in November. But even if Hanna were to lose today, which is unlikely, he vowed to stay on the ballot in November, running on the Independence Party line -- and possibly creating a very interesting three-way race.
Rep. Bob Turner, who went ot Congress after Democrat Anthony Weiner resigned in disgrace, is a slight frontrunner in today's Republican primary, a battle among three candidates to take on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand this November.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani recently did a robocall for Turner, and this is how it begins ...
New York City attorney Wendy Long is currently in second place in the GOP primary, and because of her strong support among Conservatives, Turner has been trying to show his ties to that side of the party in recent days.
Rep. Bob Turner
Recently, Turner talked about his support for the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as hydrofracking.