American Unity Backs Hayworth in Close Race ( 11/06/2012)

Posted on: November 6, 2012

The hot contest in the state’s 18th Congressional District pits Sean Patrick Maloney, a gay Democrat, against Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, a Republican who has signaled some support for equality measures.

One of the most closely watched Congressional races in the country finds Sean Patrick Maloney, an openly gay Democrat, in a highly competitive challenge against Republican incumbent Congresswoman Nan Hayworth in New York. While the race focuses on the economy, it holds the distinction of asking LGBTQ people to weigh the candidacy of one of their own versus a potential ally.

The contest takes place in the newly drawn 18th Congressional District in the Lower Hudson Valley, an area of mostly suburban counties north of New York City.

Both parties have prioritized the race in their quest for control of Congress, and money from outside groups has flooded the district. Recent polls give Hayworth a slight edge, but the district became a bit more Democratic when the new lines were drawn, and many analysts consider the contest a toss up.

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