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Dem poll shows Owens ahead in CD21

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Democrats in Washington have released a new poll, paid for by their party, that shows North Country Rep. Bill Owens leading his Republican challenger by a 12-point margin.

The survey, commissioned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, found Owens at 50%, with Matt Doheny at 38% and Green Party candidate Donald Hassig polling 4%. Eight percent of voters remain undecided.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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Responding to the poll, Doheny spokesman Jude Seymour told Roll Call magazine that support will be much lower for the Democrat when voters find out that Owens is "part of a job-killing agenda" of the Obama administration.

Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, is fighting to survive in a district that tilts Republican in terms of voter registration, even more so after this year's congressional redistricting. Doheny, a Republican from Watertown, came within a razor-thin margin of unseating Owens two years ago.

The survey included 400 likely voters in the 21st congressional district and was conducted in late July.

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