Sunday, May 22, 2011

Siena Poll in NY-26 Gives Kathy Hochul Edge

WASHINGTON -- A new poll released Saturday by the Siena (College) Research Institute on the upcoming special election in New York's 26th Congressional District shows Democrat Kathy Hochul leading Republican Jane Corwin by four percentage points (42 to 38), with independent candidate Jack Davis trailing at 12 percent.

The election will choose a replacement to Rep. Chris Lee (R), who resigned earlier this year after Lee was caught sending topless photos of himself to a woman on Craigslist.

Republicans have a party registration advantage in the 26th District and the slight Democratic edge on the Siena poll is a big change from the elections of 2008 and 2010 in which Lee defeated Democratic opponents by margins of 14 and 48 percentage points respectively. The race is complicated by a third candidate, former Democrat candidate and businessman Jack Davis who is running on the Tea Party line on the special election ballot.

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