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Posted: Monday, June 25, 2012 12:49 am | Updated: 4:49 pm, Mon Jun 25, 2012.

Iraq War veteran David Bellavia and former Erie County Executive Chris Collins will square off Tuesday in a Republican congressional primary.

The winner will face incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul this fall in the newly revamped 27th Congressional District, which includes Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

The primary campaign has been particularly spirited.

Bellavia has gone on the offensive in recent days, attacking Collins’ conservative credentials and claiming the Clarence resident is out of touch with the rural residents of the district.

Bellavia, who lives in Batavia, has stressed that he is the true conservative in the race and is best positioned to defeat Hochul in November.

Collins has highlighted his business background and experience as executive of the largest county in upstate New York. He contends Bellavia’s attacks are a desperate ploy by a losing candidate.

Registered Republicans are eligible to vote in Tuesday’s primary.

Collins will be on the Conservative Party line whether or not he wins Tuesday’s primary.

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  • Fabian posted at 5:10 am on Tue, Jun 26, 2012.

    Fabian Posts: 4

    The fact that Collins is saying he will be on the ballot in November regardless of today's outcome is very telling... he promised Conservative Party leaders that he would get off the Conservative line if he didn't win the GOP nomination. And now he's saying the opposite... Either way, he is lying. Collins thinks he can get away with lying to voters... it's ridiculous.

  • Fantic1 posted at 4:45 pm on Mon, Jun 25, 2012.

    Fantic1 Posts: 4

    It is important that all Republicans vote tomorrow. The questions is really does Western NY wish to represented by the big money from Erie County or from a true local person that is in politics to represent the ideals most of us hold true and dear to our hearts.
    Get out the vote!


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