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Coverage of central and northern New York's congressional races, including the primary races and the general election.Races covered include the 24th Congressional District, currently held by Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), who is running for reelection; the 22nd Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld), who is retiring; and the 21st Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro).

Hanna says he won't support his GOP heir Claudia Tenney

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Retiring central New York Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Hanna) said he will not support the GOP's candidate in the race for his seat.

Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney won the Republican primary for New York's 22nd Congressional District in June, defeating the candidate Hanna endorsed, Cazenovia businessman Steve Wells. Tenney and Hanna have an estranged relationship that dates back to 2014 when she challenged him in the Republican primary.

But Hanna said this is not personal, it's about Tenney's record.

"She's voted against the [Marcy] Nanocenter, a farm bill to help farmers, flood protection," Hanna said during an event in Mexico, NY. "If you want to be a brand in this business and you want to be on Fox News, you can do that. And that's fine - it's not fine, but a lot of people do. But this job is about the people you can help, the district you can serve and how you reflect that."

Hanna said he likes Tenney's opponents, Democratic candidate, and Broome County legislator, Kim Myers and independent candidate Martin Babinec. But he said it's too early to tell whom he will support between the two.

Payne Horning is a reporter and producer, primarily focusing on the city of Oswego and Oswego County. He has a passion for covering local politics and how it impacts the lives of everyday citizens. Originally from Iowa, Horning moved to Muncie, Indiana to study journalism, telecommunications and political science at Ball State University. While there, he worked as a reporter and substitute host at Indiana Public Radio. He also covered the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly for the statewide Indiana Public Broadcasting network.