Kinzinger-Manzullo Race Reaches Top Billing

Who is the most fiscally conservative? It's a fight to the bitter end for these two

Monday, Mar 19, 2012  |  Updated 2:31 PM CDT
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Rep. Don Manzullo takes on Rep. Adam Kinzinger in a nasty primary between two incumbents.

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In what's turning out to be a rather boring election for local races, one competition stands out as a must-watch event.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger takes on Rep. Don Manzullo in a nasty primary between two incumbents. Freshman Kinzinger, 34, named last summer one of the "most beautiful" politicians by The Hill, takes on Manzullo, 68, who has held the 16th Congressional District seat since 1993.

Though polls have favored Manzullo to win, especially thanks to Tea Party support, others believe the race is neck-and-neck.

Kinzinger won his share of support, landing an endorsement from Majority Leader Eric Cantor and $50,000 from the Young Guns Action Fund. That didn't necessarily score Kinzinger any veteran fans, and Manzullo supporters returned negative fire with their own campaign. 

In the end, who is the most fiscally conservative? It's a fight to the bitter end for these two, in a battle whittled down to a fight between young and old.

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