Political lines are being drawn as the Republican candidates battle for their party's nomination in New York's 27th Congressional district.
State Senator George Maziarz is endorsing Iraq War veteran David Bellavia, bypassing the better-financed candidacy of former Erie County Executive Chris Collins.
The move follows the endorsement of the Orleans County Republican Party, which is also backing Bellavia.
The Buffalo News is reporting that three-time Congressional candidate Jack Davis is providing financial support to Bellavia's campaign.
Provided both campaigns are able to generate enough petition signatures, Bellavia and Collins will face each other in the June 26th Republican primary.
The winner meets Congresswoman Kathy Hochul in the November election.