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Fight for the House: Political Newcomer Tries to Unseat Incumbent Republican

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BOVINA, N.Y. -- One of the most closely-watched races of the year is in New York's 19th Congressional District, where incumbent Republican Rep. Chris Gibson faces political newcomer Sean Eldridge.

Eldridge a Democrat who recently moved to the Hudson Valley, is arguing the incumbent congressman is too extreme.

The 28-year-old and his wealthy husband, Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook, moved here last year so Eldridge could launch his political career. That move earned him terrible press for being a rich carpetbagger out to unseat Gibson, a well-liked local who has successfully portrayed himself as a problem-solving moderate.

While Eldridge is aware Gibson has fans, he wants voters to know nice is not enough and he said that Gibson is hardly the moderate everyone thinks he is.

"I don't think it's moderate to support fracking, to oppose a woman's right to choose and to have a zero percent rating on women's health," Eldridge said.

Eldridge also blasts Gibson for voting to sue the president and for not supporting higher taxes on the wealthy.

Eldridge's wealth has become a major issue in this race. He lives on a secluded block, with his house shielded by plenty of trees and shrubs.

The middle-class Gibson has tried to use that to turn the tables. Gibson has gone after Eldridge's investments, labeling them as hypocritical and out of touch.

Eldridge, in his stump speeches, tries to sound relatable, saying he grew up in Ohio and attended public schools. He is also trying to distance himself from some of Governor Cuomo's unpopular policies, saying he does not support the SAFE Act.

In a swing district, where Republicans have a slight advantage, it's unclear if all of that will be enough, which could be why Eldridge is turning to second homeowners from New York City for help.

To be fair, Gibson is targeting those second homeowners, too, as both sides duke it out in one of the most closely-watched races of the year. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP