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Control of House could hinge on Md. 1st District rematch

STEVENSVILLE — The race on the Eastern Shore for Maryland’s 1st Congressional District is regarded as among the tightest and costliest in the nation.

Conservative Republican state Sen. Andy Harris is trying to unseat freshman Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil in a rematch of their close 2008 contest.

The race has been fueled by more than $3.75 million in campaign spending, much of it by national Democratic and Republican committees.

Harris says the election is about changing the course set by President Barack Obama and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Kratovil says he’s an independent who opposed the health care overhaul. He’s been endorsed by the right-leaning National Rifle Association and the U.S. Chamber if Commerce.