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Close congressional races in the 21st, 19th districts


NEW YORK - The race for the 21st Congressional District, between incumbent Democrat Bill Owens and Republican challenger, Matt Doheny, now in a dead heat according to a new Siena poll.

The poll reports Owens now has the support of 44 percent of likely voters, and challenger Doheny with 43 percent.

With the new results, Doheny has closed a major gap - he was down double-digits to Owens just seven weeks ago.

In a statement Thursday Doheny said,"No matter which way you look at it, momentum is on our side. These numbers line up with our earlier polls and the shift we've seen over the past month."

A spokesman for Bill Owens said,"Voters have responded to Bill Owens' message of bipartisanship and helping to create jobs, and he looks forward to continuing this work in Washington."

Another tight race is the 19th Congressional District race. Republican Representative Chris Gibson's 16 point lead in September over Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman has now decreased to a five point lead according to the Siena Poll. NEWS 10 caught up with both candidates Thursday on their campaign trails. Gibson says he believes the Siena Poll numbers are a little off.

"We think we're doing a little bit better than that based on our internal polling," said Gibson.

Gibson contributes the tight race in part to his opponents ad campaigns.

"Saying that I'm denying women the right to an abortion in a case of rape and incest, this is completely false. I'm not even for overturning Roe v. Wade," said Gibson.

As Schreibman met with campaign volunteers Thursday, he addressed the issue of what his opponent says are negative, nasty ads.

"The congressman is trying to tell folks that he's pro choice. When in fact he supported a bill that threatened doctors with prison if they performed abortions. The bill that he supported prohibited and had no exception for cases of rape and incest," said Schreibman.

Both candidates will continue knocking on doors and making calls right up until election day.

"We need to get our vote out obviously but we're organized to make that happen and I'm looking forward to Tuesday," said Gibson.

"I'm very pleased with what we're seeing in the polls. It shows that our message of standing up for the middle class and making sure that our families and our communities voices are heard in Washington is having a very good response," said Schreibman.

Barbara Bartoletti with the NYS Women League of Voters explained why she believes the races are so tight.

"Why the polls have tightened is that people are now paying attention so what we would say to people is again pay a lot of attention and then go out and express your opinion," said Bartoletti.





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