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Cuomo backs Maloney; Christie backs Hayworth in 18th CD race
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is backing Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney in his bid to oust incumbent Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-Bedford) in the nationally watched 18th Congressional race.
Maloney's campaign made the announcement Saturday morning.
"Sean Patrick Maloney will work to restore the economy of the Hudson Valley and get people back to work," Cuomo said in a statement provided by Maloney's campaign. "He will be a great advocate for our state in Washington."
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Meanwhile, Hayworth's campaign announced Sunday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was supporting the Republican lawmaker in the election.
"Nan is a strong, principled woman who has lived in the Hudson Valley for over 24 years," Christie said in the message provided by Hayworth's campaign. "A doctor, a mother, a small business owner, Nan knows that tax relief, spending restraint, and fewer regulations on small business owners is the only way to create new jobs for everyone in the country -- she gets it! And I hope Nan will get your vote on November 6."
Maloney, 46, is an attorney who worked as a top White House aide to Bill Clinton during his presidency. Hayworth, 52, a physician, was elected in 2010, ousting two-term Democrat John Hall and helping Republicans take control of the House.
Republicans and Democrats have pumped millions of dollars into the race as part of a battle for control of the House, where the GOP currently hold a 49-seat majority, 242 to 193. To reclaim the House, Democrats would need to pick up 25 seats.