Saturday, June 18, 2016

Poll: Colleen Deacon opens big lead in Democratic primary for Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Democratic congressional candidate Colleen Deacon leads her two rivals by a comfortable margin heading into the June 28 primary for the Syracuse region's congressional seat, according to a poll of likely voters.

Deacon has the support of 50 percent of likely voters, compared to 17 percent for Syracuse lawyer Steve Williams and 8 percent for Syracuse University professor Eric Kingson, the poll showed.

The poll of 485 likely voters in the 24th Congressional District was conducted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington, which has endorsed Deacon in the primary.

The primary winner will take on U.S. Rep. John Katko, R-Camillus, in the November election. Katko will appear on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines.

The poll, conducted with a combination of live operators and automated survey, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points, the DCCC said. Respondents were called June 14 and June 15.

Deacon led among all key voting blocs, according to the pollster, with wide margins among voters in Onondaga County, among woman and among those over age 65.

Deacon, 39, of Syracuse, also had the strongest name recognition among the three candidates, with 62 percent saying they are familiar with the former Central New York district director for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

Gillibrand, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner have endorsed and campaigned for Deacon, likely adding to her name recognition among voters.

Deacon also was the first of the three candidates to invest heavily in a TV advertising campaign. She began airing ads May 17 in a campaign that will continue through Election Day.

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