Aug 14, 2008 — This year's race for the 20th congressional district is drawing national attention. The match-up between Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican challenger Sandy Treadwell promises to be one of the most expensive in the country. The stage was set two years ago, when Republican John Sweeney's campaign imploded following a series of scandals. Gillibrand won a decisive upset, with fifty-three percent of the vote. She even claimed victories in North Country counties that tend to be more conservative. The question now is whether a Democrat can hold the district, which stretches from the Hudson Valley to Saranac Lake. Republicans still hold a huge advantage in voter enrollment. But Gillibrand told Brian Mann that party labels won't decide the outcome in November.