GOP Budget, Medicare Plan Influence NY House Race

The special election to fill a House seat in upstate New York was supposed to be an easy victory for Republicans.

Democratic candidate for the 26th District Congressional seat Kathy Hochul accepts a pair of boxing gloves from Max Richtman, left, of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, during a news conference in Clarence, N.Y. Monday.

The special election to fill a House seat in upstate New York was supposed to be an easy victory for Republicans.

But less than two weeks before the May 24 vote, polls show a competitive contest between Republican Jane Corwin and Democrat Kathy Hochul in what's become the first electoral test of GOP budget policies.

The race also has drawn an avalanche of spending by interest groups, as well as both national parties.

A TV ad for Hochul (HOE-cul) says: Corwin said she would vote for the 2012 Republican budget that would essentially end Medicare. Corwin hits back in her ad, saying Hochul refuses to tell her plan to cut the deficit.

The 26th congressional district spans the suburban and rural communities between Rochester and Buffalo.

AP