Hanna faces primary challenger in Congressional race

CORTLAND, N.Y. – Claudia Tenney, the New York State Assemblywoman who challenged U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna's re-election bid in 2014, will launch a second bid for Hanna's seat in the 2016 Republican primary for the 22nd congressional district.

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Tenney [R–New Hartford], who is also co-owner of Mid York Press, Inc., and a practicing attorney, announced her intention to run Tuesday morning at a press conference in Binghamton.

Hanna [R–Barneveld] represents the 22nd Congressional District, which includes Cortland, Chenango, Madison and Oneida counties, and parts of Broome, Herkimer, Oswego and Tioga counties.

Tenney is more conservative than Hanna, having won the praise of the Tea Party and Fox News pundit Sean Hannity during her 2014 campaign, when she managed to capture 46 percent of the vote.

Her announcement to run for Congress in 2016 on her campaign website refers to Hanna as "liberal."

Tenney was elected to represent the 101st district of the New York State Assembly in 2010, which includes Oswego and Oneida counties.

It's not clear if Hanna, who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, will face a Democratic opponent in the 2016 general election. After surviving a 2014 primary challenge from Tenney, Hanna coasted to victory when the Democratic party failed to nominate a candidate to challenge his re-election bid.

All congressional primaries in New York State will be held June 28.

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