Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D), first elected to Congress in 1992, hasn’t seen a tough re-election battle since 1994, the year of the Republican revolution that swept so many Democrats out of power. He has been a solid progressive in Congress, voting for health care reform and the stimulus. But this year, he is facing a serious challenge from Republican George Phillips and a well-funded advertising blitz from conservative independent expenditure organizations, making the race tighter than many Democrats would like to see it.
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