The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is enjoying the heated primary for the Republican nomination in the 19th congressional district, sending out a sampling of the coverage of the race between John Faso and Andrew Heaney that describes the contest as nasty and a “war of words.”

“As the two Republican congressional candidates in New York’s 19th district, Albany conservative politician John Faso and Trump-Fanboy Andrew Heaney, continue to launch debilitating personal attacks and drag each other further to the right, they won’t be able to undo the damage in the eyes of Hudson Valley general election voters who voted for President Obama twice,” said Bryan Lesswing at the DCCC.

The race for the GOP nomination to replace Rep. Chris Gibson in the Hudson Valley House district is indeed a contentious one. Heaney, a businessman who hasn’t held elected office before, has criticized Faso’s record as a lobbyist. Faso, in turn, has knocked Heaney for his campaign contribution to President Obama in 2007.

Democrats have a primary of their own in the district between Livingston Deputy Supervisor Will Yandik and Zephyr Teachout, though that race has been no near as a heated.

The 19th congressional district has been a battleground for the last several cycles and an open seat means both parties will be pushing hard to either keep or flip it.

Still, a heated primary doesn’t necessarily spell doom for a party. Rep. Elise Stefanik two years ago faced off against Matt Doheny in a pitched battle for the Republican nomination in the 21st, and ultimately won the seat.

In the NY-1 on Long Island, Rep. Lee Zeldin fended off a personally financed challenge from George Demos and eventually unseated Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop.