Democrats scored a surprise win on Republican turf in a May special congressional election in upstate New York. Now, a new poll suggests the GOP could be closing in on an upset in the race to succeed disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner in New York City.
A Siena Research Institute poll released Wednesday shows Democratic candidate David Weprin with a 48-42 lead over Republican Robert Turner in the 9th District, which includes parts of Queens and Brooklyn. The election is scheduled for Sept. 13, concurrent with the state's primary elections.
Turner's support among Republicans is stronger than Weprin's among Democrats. Turner also holds a narrow advantage among independent voters. But neither Weprin, a state assemblyman, nor Turner, the GOP's 2010 nominee against Weiner, is all that well-known.
"This special election is a wide open race," said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. In what will likely be a low-turnout race and with either candidate unlikely to spend enough on expensive New York television ads, Greenberg said the race will likely come down to strong voter identification and get-out-the-vote efforts.