BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Chris Collins easily defeated his opponent David Bellavia Tuesday in the Republican primary for the 27th Congressional District seat.
"I spoke to Mr. Collins and I congratulated him. We are going to lock shields as a party and walk shoulder to shoulder to defeat Barak Obama and Kathy Hochul," Bellavia told supporters Tuesday night.
Now, Collins says it's time to look forward to the big election come November--- against incumbent Congresswoman Kathy Hochul. Just about 24 hours after the votes were in, the heated campaign has already begun. Each side expressing where they stand while showing why their opponents just doesn't fit.
After declaring victory, Chris Collins told Eyewitness News, "Our economy is broken our nation lacks a vision. Kathy Hochul and Barak Obama are content to kick the can down the street. Their plan is more of the same, high taxes, bigger government, massive spending and runaway debt."
Congresswoman Kathy Hochul (D) representing the 27th Congressional District responded to the election, telling Eyewitness News, "Last year and this year the Rep. House of Representatives and Chris Collins says it didn't go far enough. It's a proposal that cuts medicare for seniors at the same time giving tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires. That's of concern to me."
Political Analyst Bob Davis says this is a very unique race.
"This race has started, it has started. Unlike previous congressional races that we've been accustom to it's not from September to October. It's from June 27th today to November."
Collins touts his resume as Erie County Executive, saying "My 36 years of experience, creating over 500 jobs here in Western New York coupled with four years of transforming Erie County financially, from being one of the worst in the state to one of the best, reducing spending, cutting the size of government 22 percent. That resume of accomplishments in the private sector and public sector very directly addresses the needs today in America."
While Congresswoman Hochul says her one year experience in Congress gives her an advantage, " I'm very proud as a member of Congress that I voted for a balanced budge. I voted $2.4 trillion in spending plan and we need to get our fiscal plan in order but I'm not doing it on the backs of seniors and that's what the voters are going to have to chose this November.
Davis says this race will get major attention across the country.