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Republican businessman and lawyer Bruce Blakeman heads to Washington tomorrow to raise money as he continues to try to make the case that he can run a competitive campaign against Democrat Kathleen Rice.

Blakeman will appear at the Capitol Hill Club, a Republican bastion near the U.S. Capitol, at a hour-long fundraiser starting at 5:30 p.m. 

It's hosted by former Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (Ohio), Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), New York Reps. Peter King (R-Seaford) and Chris Collins (R-Clarence). Also hosting will be former Republican Long Island congressman Ray McGrath, president of the Capitol Hill Club and a lobbyist with the Downey McGrath Group.

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Blakeman made a strong statement in his last campaign finance report, loaning his campaign $500,000 on June 30, bringing his total investment in his campaign to $700,000, and the National Republican Congressional Committee promoted him to "contender" status.

Blakeman, a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, faces Rice, the Nassau County district attorney in the general election.

Still, two of the three best known political handicappers in Washington so far rate the race to replace retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) as "likely Democrat." The third doesn't include the NY4 among districts in play.