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Tea party poll shows support for Doheny, Santorum

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A straw poll taken late last week by North Country tea party activists in Plattsburgh found that roughly two-thirds of participants support Republican congressional candidate Matt Doheny. The Watertown Republican hopes to challenge Congressman Bill Owens next November.

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According to a press release issued by "UNYTEA", some 50 tea party members took part in the straw poll. 

The straw poll also found strong support for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who attracted far more votes than Mitt Romney.

The unscientific survey also found strong support for Karen Bisso, a Republican who is challenging Assemblywoman Janet Duprey in the GOP primary.

Duprey told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican that she wasn't surprised by the results, saying, “I've never been to a tea party event."

Duprey's moderate stances on issues like same-sex marriage have angered many conservatives in the region.

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