Thursday, October 15, 2009

Race Close in 23rd NY Congressional District

A new poll shows a dead heat at the top of the three-way race to fill the vacant congressional seat in upstate New York's 23rd District.

The Siena College poll shows Democrat Bill Owens leading Republican Dierdre Scozzafava by four percentage points - close to the survey's margin of error. Owens has the support of 33 percent of likely voters, while Scozzafava has 29 percent. Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman has 23 percent, which is up from when the poll was taken two weeks ago. The largely rural district covers 11 counties in central and northern New York. The phone survey of 617 likely voters was conducted from Sunday through Tuesday and the margin of error is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points. The special election is Nov. 3.