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Poll: Owens, Doheny neck and neck

A double-digit lead for the incumbent in the 21st Congressional District has evaporated, and the two major candidates are now neck and neck.

Republican challenger Matt Doheny is narrowly trailing U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, with 43 percent of the vote to 44 percent of the vote, according to a Siena Research Institute poll released today. Green Party candidate Donald Hassig has 4 percent of the vote, and 9 percent of voters are up in the air.

About a month ago, Owens had a comfortable 13-percentage point lead on Doheny. “Owens is no stranger to close races, having won two nail-biting elections with less than 50 percent of the vote. Well, here we go again,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg in announcing the poll results.

A full breakdown of that poll is available below and a story on the poll is available HERE.

The evaporating lead of Owens has been matched with a swing in presidential support in the district. President Barack Obama has seen a four point lead over former-Gov. Mitt Romney on Sept. 10 swing to a five point deficit in the latest figures. This transition might not bode well for Owens, who could use a strong up ticket figure to help his own cause.

The 21st Congressional District includes parts of Fulton and Saratoga counties. The poll interviewed 629 likely voters and has a margin of error of about 4 percentage points.

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CD21 October 2012 Crosstabs

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