By Sean Lengell-The Washington Times
The race for the U.S. House seat vacated by disgraced New York Rep. Anthony D. Weiner – once thought to be a lock for Democrats – continues to be closer than expected. Just how close depends on whoâ€™s counting.
Results of a survey released Friday by the Democratic polling firm Global Strategy Group showed Democrat David Weprin with an 8 percentage-point lead – 47 percent to 39 percent – over Republican Bob Turner. A large number of potential voters in the New York City district – 14 percent – said they were undecided.
The pollster noted that Mr. Weprinâ€™s poll numbers improved significantly after he received an endorsement last week from the New York Times.
But GOP pollster McLaughlin & Associates portrayed a different scenario Thursday when it released the results of a poll that showed the candidates deadlocked with 42 percent of the vote. Sixteen percent of that surveyâ€™s respondents in the district, which includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens, were undecided.
A McLaughlin poll taken a month earlier showed the Democrat with an 8 percentage-point lead.
â€œBob Turner owns the momentum in this race,â€ the pollster said in the surveyâ€™s conclusion. â€œWith adequate resources, the Turner campaign can and will continue on their current trajectory and defeat David Weprin on September 13th.â€
Little independent polling has been done on the race, with the most noteworthy being a Siena College survey in early August showing Mr. Weprin ahead by 6 percentage points. Nine percent said they didnâ€™t know who they were would vote or had no opinion.
New Yorkâ€™s 9th Congressional District, which has three times as many Democratic voters as Republicans, hasnâ€™t elected a Republican representative since the 1920s. But the raceâ€™s competitiveness has caused both parties to uncharacteristically spend money on the campaigns.
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