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No Democrat to vie for 22nd Congressional seat

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - No Democrat is seeking the 22nd Congressional District currently occupied by U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld.

But that doesn't mean Hanna won't be busy. He will be involved in a three-way primary race in June.

Facing Hanna will be Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney and Earlville resident Michael Kicinski.

Hanna has received the Independent Party Line nod, and while Tenney tried for the Conservative Party Line, she fell short.

Because Tenney's candidacy announcement came late in the game, she said the time frame -- paired with the tough March weather and an area where voters were not as familiar with her (Southern Tier) -- made it hard to get the signatures required.

Tenney said she collected some signatures toward the Conservative Line, but not enough.

If Tenney falls short in the GOP primary, not having the backing of the Conservative Line would enable her to still seek re-election for her Assembly seat. Tenney's not thinking along those lines though.

"All hands are on deck for the primary," Tenney said. "You can't go into it thinking you're going to lose."

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