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Doheny wants re-match in 2012

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The next congressional election is a year and a half away, but Republican Matt Doheny is already announcing that he will challenge Democrat Bill Owens. Owens edged out Doheny last November in a fierce race that also included third-party challenger Doug Hoffman.

In a press release sent yesterday, Doheny, a former Wall Street investment banker, confirmed that he will run again against Owens, calling himself "the right man for the job." Doheny also announced that he has hired veteran North Country political journalist Jude Seymour to serve as his spokesman and deputy campaign manager.

In an interview with the Watertown Daily Times, Bill Owens, from Plattsburgh, confirmed that he will seek re-election next year. But it's still uncertain whether Owens and Doheny will get a rematch. Doheny faced fierce opposition from Conservative and tea party activists last year and could see another primary challenge. It's also possible that the 23rd congressional district will be divided up during the political redistricting process.

The district had been a Republican stronghold for decades before Owens first won the seat in a special election back in 2009. He defended the seat successfully in 2010.

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