Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
NY 24: Rep. Michael Arcuri is defending his seat.
Primary: September 14, 2010 Location: Central New York
Days until the election: 16
This one is a fight in the trenches. Two-term Democratic Rep. Michael Arcuri is fighting to hold his seat for a third term in a do-over race against Republican Richard Hanna. Hanna, whose 48 percent of the vote in 2008 came too close for comfort to Arcuri, now has the advantages of name-recognition in the district, a built-in infrastructure, and of course the terrible environment for incumbents.
Washington (CNN) - They were key players in Sunday's health care vote. Now a group of Washington lawmakers hope to be just as pivotal on the basketball court as they face off Wednesday night in an annual charity game against Georgetown University Law Center faculty.
Among the members of the 12-man congressional "Hill's Angels" team are Democratic Reps. Michael Arcuri of New York, John Boccieri of Ohio, Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, Frank Kratovil of Maryland, and Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania, whose votes were heavily courted in the run-up to the late Sunday night vote.
House Democrats hold an overwhelming majority on the team, but the roster does include two Republicans, Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake and South Dakota Sen. John Thune. Thune co-chairs the squad with Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
The lawmakers narrowly defeated the Georgetown professors 48 to 42 in last year's game, in which Flake, Kratovil, and Thune were top scorers.
Proceeds from the 23rd annual "Home Court" match-up benefit a D.C.-area homeless program.