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.
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.