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Election 2024: Get to know the Republicans running for Congress in the Lehigh Valley

From left, Maria Montero, Ryan Mackenzie and Kevin Dellicker are vying for the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district in the April 23 primary election. The district includes Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties and part of Monroe. The winner will face Democratic incumbent Susan Wild in November. (Amy Shortell/첥Ƶ)
From left, Maria Montero, Ryan Mackenzie and Kevin Dellicker are vying for the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district in the April 23 primary election. The district includes Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties and part of Monroe. The winner will face Democratic incumbent Susan Wild in November. (Amy Shortell/첥Ƶ)

In an unusually crowded primary election race, three Republicans are vying for the nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Susan Wild in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District.

No clear front-runner has emerged between businessman Kevin Dellicker, state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie and attorney Maria Montero, as different Republican leaders and groups have thrown their support behind all three.

The seat is considered one of the most competitive in the United States and is likely a must-win for either party to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The race also takes place in the shadow of the presidential election, where President Joe Biden, facing low approval numbers, is likely to face former President Donald Trump, an unprecedented candidate who is facing 91 felony counts across two state courts and two federal districts.

첥Ƶ interviewed all three Republican candidates on their campaigns, beliefs and personal lives.

Kevin Dellicker: On his second run for Congress in the Lehigh Valley, he’s no longer the underdog.

Ryan Mackenzie: After 12 years in the state House, he’s running for Congress on his legislative record, loyalty to Trump.

Maria Montero: She wants Republicans to win in Pennsylvania, and thinks she’s the best equipped to challenge Susan Wild in November.

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