Republican challenger Matt Doheny has tightened the gap with Democratic Representative Bill Owens in the race for the 23rd Congressional District seat, according to a Siena Research Institute poll of likely voters released today.
The poll shows that Owens has a slight lead over Doheny of 40-37 percent with less than a week to go before the election. A week ago, Owens was up 11 points.
A key factor in the race is Doug Hoffman, who has suspended his campaign but remains on the ballot and continues to draw support, according to the poll. Hoffman has the support of 15 percent of likely voters. Pollsters said Hoffman siphoned away voters on the Conservative Party line from the two major party candidates, making it likely that either Owens or Doheny will be elected with the support of less than 50 percent of the voters.
The 23rd includes all or parts of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties.
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