In addition, Burns is fighting off a challenge for the nomination for the November race, with veteran Bill Russell mounting a serious challenge.
The sprawling district extends from east of Johnstown to the corner of the state in Greene County. Though Democrats hold a registration advantage of more than 2 to 1, the rural district is the only one in the country that voted for Democrat John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election and Republican Sen. John McCain in 2008.
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