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Live results: Green candidate may hurt Democrat in N.Y. House race

November 06, 2012|By Matt Pearce
  • People vote in a tent in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island in New York City, hard hit by Superstorm Sandy last week.
People vote in a tent in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island… (Allison Joyce / Getty Images )

A close race for New York’s upstate 24th Congressional District seat may pivot on whether the popularity of a Green Party candidate will torpedo Democrats’ hopes to take the seat from Republican incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle.

A pre-election poll showed Democratic challenger Dan Maffei in a dead heat with Buerkle, who has nurtured Green Party contender Ursula Rozum’s 8% share by inviting her to several town hall debates that Maffei skipped – the conventional wisdom being that every vote gained by the Green Party candidate is a vote lost for the Democrats.

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