Races to watch
■ Pennsylvania’s 22nd District: Democrat Rep. Patrick Murphy vs. Republican Thomas Manion
Murphy was the first veteran from Operation Iraq Freedom to serve in Congress. Manion retired from the service last year as a colonel. His son, 1st Lt. Travis Manion, was killed in Iraq in 2006.
■ New York’s 19th District: Republican Kieran Lalor vs. Rep. Democrat John Hall
Hall serves on the Veterans Affairs Committee and is the son of a career Air Force officer. Lalor has been a vocal supporter of the war in Iraq, appearing on television and radio even before the start of his campaign.
■ Texas Senate: Democrat Rick Noriega vs. Republican Sen. John Cornyn
Noriega, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has called for a drawdown in troops from Iraq. Cornyn sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee and has backed several bills supporting military action in Iraq.
■ South Carolina Senate: Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham vs. Democrat Bob Conley
Graham took a leave of absence from Congress when he was called to active duty for his military legal work in Iraq. Conley, a former Republican, broke from the party in part because of the Iraq war.
■ Ohio’s 15th District: Republican Steve Stivers vs. Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy
Both candidates are looking to fill the seat of retiring Rep. Deborah Pryce. Kilroy unsuccessfully challenged Pryce for the seat in 2006. Stivers took a yearlong break from his state Senate work during his deployment to Iraq.
■ Minnesota’s 2nd District: Democrat Steve Sarvi vs. Republican Rep. John Kline
Sarvi stepped down from his post as mayor of Watertown to volunteer for deployment to Iraq in 2005. Kline, a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, is a member of the House Armed Services committee.