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Doheny Within 5 In Upstate New York


This isn’t quite where GOP challenger Matt Doheny would like to be, but an incumbent at 44 percent has good reason to worry.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Owens leads Republican challenger Matt Doheny by five percentage points in the 23rd Congressional District campaign, with less than three weeks until the Nov. 2 election, according to a new poll released today.

The poll by the Siena (College) Research Institute is the first independent survey of voters in the 11-county district, which includes all of Oswego and Madison counties.

The poll found Owens leads Doheny, 44 percent to 39 percent, among voters who were informed that Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman dropped out of the race and endorsed Doheny.

Otherwise, Owens, the Plattsbrugh lawyer elected in a special election last year, enjoys an 11-point lead over Doheny among those who believe Hoffman is still in the race, according to the Siena poll.

Doheny (and Hoffman!) have three weeks to educate the district on that point . . .

Tags: Bill Owens , Doug Hoffman , Matt Doheny


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