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Watertown businessman Matt Doheny ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2010 and 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein
Watertown businessman Matt Doheny ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2010 and 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein

Doheny polling well as potential NY-21 candidate

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A new poll released this morning appears to show strong support among Republicans for Matt Doheny, the Watertown businessman who ran unsuccessfully for the North Country's seat in the House of Representatives in 2010 and again in 2012.

The poll -- conducted by a company that has worked for Doheny in the past -- showed him well ahead of Elise Stefanik, the Willsboro resident who has been viewed as the GOP frontrunner.

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The house seat race was thrown wide open last month when Democratic incumbent Bill Owens announced that he wouldn't seek another term.

So far, Doheny hasn’t said whether he intends to enter the race.  But this survey by Public Opinion Strategies appeared to be an effort to test the waters for another run.

It showed Doheny beating Stefanik in a hypothetical match-up by a margin of 49 percent to 13 percent.

A growing number of Republican leaders have already endorsed Stefanik, a newcomer to the North Country who has worked for the White House and for congressional leader Paul Ryan.

So far, Democrats have failed to identify a candidate.  That party's leaders say they'll name their choice for the race by mid-February.

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