Democratic candidate for the 26th District Congressional seat, Kathy Hochul speaks while holding a pair of boxing gloves during a news conference in Clarence, N.Y., Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/David Duprey) (AP)

Decision day in NY's 26th Congressional District

Latest poll shows Democrat Kathy Hochul with a slight lead in the race to succeed the "Craigslist Congressman"

Associated Press
May 24, 2011 3:36PM (UTC)

Today's tight race in New York's 26th Congressional District has become a referendum on the Republican plan to transform Medicare.

The western New York district is among the most conservative in the state.

Nevertheless, the latest poll shows Democrat Kathy Hochul with a slight lead over Republican Jane Corwin in the race to succeed Republican Chris Lee. Lee resigned in February after shirtless photos surfaced that he'd sent to a woman on Craigslist.


Corwin was the early favorite but has seen her lead shrink after expressing support for a proposal to recast the government's health plan for seniors as a voucher program.

Siena Poll Director Steve Greenberg says voters cite jobs, Medicare and the deficit as top issues.

The poll shows tea party candidate Jack Davis a distant third.



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