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New York 27th District

Kathy Hochul (D) vs Chris Collins (R)

Republicans want to regain this seat, which Rep. Kathy Hochul (D) won in a special election after Rep. Chris Lee (R) resigned.

It was a GOP-leaning district when Hochul won it, and the redistricting process has made it even more conservative. Hochul won the May 2011 special election by running against the Republican budget plan — specifically its Medicare provisions — written by now-vice presidential nominee Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP leaders downplay the Trump Show In break with Trump, GOP leaders leaders say torture should remain illegal Conservative group launches Snapchat filter targeting GOP retreat MORE.

She’s campaigning on that subject again while her GOP opponent, Chris Collins, has pushed a message focused on jobs.

Both parties have brought in the money and the big names: Former Vice President Gore and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) fundraised for Hochul, while House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE (R-Ohio) came to the district to campaign for Collins.

To show her independence to her constituents, Hochul has bucked her party on several votes during her tenure.

Meanwhile, Collins, a former county executive, has had some past controversies come up in this contest. One that got a lot of national attention was his comparison of the Jewish speaker of the New York State Assembly to Adolf Hitler, which led to a public apology in 2009.

The Hill rates this race as a toss-up.