|New York Republican Bob Turner is ahead in special election.|
Socialist Democrats pump $1.1 million in last minute cash in bid to hold on to seat
In New York's historically Democratic 9th Congressional District Republican candidate Bob Turner holds a six-point lead over Democrat David Weprin, according to a new Siena Research Institute survey released Friday.
Among likely voters in the district, which comprises parts of Queens and Brooklyn, Turner attracts 50 percent of the support while Weprin garners 44 percent. Six percent say they are undecided. The same poll taken a month ago showed Weprin with a six-point lead, indicating the race would be surprisingly close.
Turner, who has received endorsements from a couple of prominent Democrats, manages to attract support from 32 percent of Democrats. Comparatively, Weprin receives support from just 6 percent of Republicans. Turner holds a significant lead over Weprin among independents, 65 percent to 27 percent. Voters have a favorable view of Turner, 48 percent to 34 percent. They are evenly split on Weprin, 41 percent to 41 percent.
|9th Congressional District of New York.|
Voters in this district have soured on President Obama, and the state of the economy and unemployment weigh heavily on their minds. Obama won this district by 10 points in 2008, but his margin of victory there was much lower than in surrounding New York districts. Now, his favorability ratings are underwater, with 43 percent having a positive view of the president and 54 percent holding a negative one. By a five-point margin, voters see the state of New York on the right track. But notably, 74 percent of voters feel the nation is headed in the wrong direction, while 19 percent are more optimistic.
“The voters of Brooklyn and Queens are speaking to Mr. Obama through this contest, and they will not be silenced,” said Turner campaign spokesman Bill O’Reilly in a statement released in response to the new poll.
The Democratic-affiliated House Majority Political Action Committee took to the airwaves with a six-figure ad purchase that pins Turner to the Tea Party and touts the New York Times' endorsement of Weprin, according to Politico. On Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee made a half-million-dollar ad buy on behalf of Weprin.