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Battle for upstate NY House seat expected to be intense

A college professor who launched a liberal challenge to New York's governor faces a former Republican lawmaker who has been a sharp-tongued critic of liberal policies in a marquee congressional battle for an open seat north of New York City.

Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso differ ideologically but share an ability to fight hard and raise money. Both parties expect an expensive battle for the upstate seat opening with the retirement of Republican Rep. Chris Gibson.

The race playing out among small cities and rural towns of the 19th Congressional District is among a handful in the state that loom large as House Democrats try to trim the Republicans' 247-188...