Democrat Bill Owens and Conservative Doug Hoffman are deadlocked in the special election in New York's 23rd congressional district, a new poll says.

A Research 2000 poll conducted for the liberal blog Daily Kos shows Owens with a one-point lead over Hoffman, well within the poll's margin of error, with endorsed Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava trailing.

33 percent of voters said they would support Owens in the special election, compared to 32 percent for Hoffman, and 21 percent for Scozzafava. 14 percent of voters said they were undecided.


The surge behind Hoffman comes after he received the endorsement of several prominent national Republicans, who have bucked the party's Washington-based establishment to endorse the Conservative Party candidate over the more centrist Scozzafava.

The poll also casts insight into national Democrats' increasing focus on Hoffman as Owens's principal opponent in the race.

The candidates are running to replace former Rep. John McHugh (R) in the seat, who retired to become secretary of the Navy.

The poll, conducted October 26-28, has a four percent margin of error.