Democrats have taken a surprising lead in the open-seat race for New York's 26th district, a new poll shows.
With the special election to succeed former Rep. Chris Lee a little over two weeks away, Democrat Kathy Hochul leads the field with 35 percent of the vote, according to a new Daily Kos/SEIU poll conducted by Public Policy Polling. Republican Jane Corwin took 31 percent of the vote, while Independent candidate Jack Davis had 24 percent support.
The survey of 1,048 registered voters by the Democratic-leaning firm had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent. Earlier surveys also showed a close race in what was expected to be an easy win for Republicans. In a recent poll by Siena College, Corwin led with support from 36 percent of likely voters, Hochul was backed by 31 percent and Davis, who is running on the Tea Party line, had the support of 23 percent of respondents.
The poll was released the same day House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) traveled to Depew, N.Y., to raise money for Corwin.
Boehner was just the latest member of the GOP leadership to campaign for her. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) appeared for Corwin in Rochester last Thursday, Republican National Committee Reince Priebus campaigned for Corwin last Wednesday and Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, was in the 26th district to fundraise for her at the end of April.
Meanwhile, Washington Democrats have so far kept their distance from Hochul, a strategy that appears to be working.