Updated 10/31/2012 10:13 PM
U.S. House Majority Leader in WNY
Another big name politician is getting involved in the race for the new 27th Congressional District. The U.S. House Majority Leader was in Western New York Wednesday to support Republican Chris Collins.
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AMHERST, N.Y. -- The U.S. House Majority Leader was in Western New York for about two hours on Wednesday. Eric Cantor made appearances in Williamsville and Amherst.
"We talked about the issues, the core values of less government growing out economy," Republican Chris Collins. "He was very well received and we had two good events."
Tickets for the VIP reception were $1,000 and $150 for the general reception. The Collins campaign expected to raise tens of thousands of dollars.
"The retail side is important, I think, very important the last five, six days," Collins said. "But this gives us the opportunity to bump our message ever so slightly."
Cantor joined a long list of public figures getting involved in the Congressional Race between Collins and Democrat Kathy Hochul. It includes former President Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew Cuomo and House Speaker John Boehner.
"The New York Times listed the top 10 races in the country to watch and this was one of them," Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy said.
Both campaigns have tried to paint themselves as the underdog.
"Kathy Hochul has certainly out spent us," Langworthy said. She's raised a lot of Washington special interest money along the way and as an incumbent member of Congress that's to be expected."
According to the Federal Election Commission, at last filing, Hochul's campaign has raised more than four times that of Collins.
"A lot of people said when they saw the redistricting and this is now the most Republican district in the state of New York, they said I'd be toast. They said there was no chance I could compete in a district like this," Hochul said.