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Analysis: 19 days to go

There are just 19 days to go to Election Day. Once again, there are very tight races for Congress in the North Country, as well as hotly contested races for state Senate and Assembly.

As Siena pollster Steven Greenberg says (see story above) there are a lot of variables, and the region's voters show an independent spirit that makes predictions chancy. Geography counts, too, in surprising ways. The 23rd Congressional District stretches from lake Ontario to Lake Champlain. The 20th extends from the mid-Hudson Valley to the Adirondacks. And the 24th bridges Central New York to Old Forge.

Brian Mann joined Martha Foley to consider the polls and what they say about the candidates and the electorate.  Go to full article

Polls and politics: the 2010 election shapes up in New York and the North Country

Politics is in our news today. A day after Gov. David Paterson wrapped up an upstate tour to launch his election campaign, a Siena College poll showed Republican Rick Lazio pulling ahead of the Paterson in the race for governor. It also showed Lazio making making small gains against potential Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo.

It looks like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is fighting off a potential primary challenge from former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr.. The Siena poll reported Gillibrand with the support of 42 percent of Democrats, 16 percent for Ford. The former Tennessee congressman is expected to announce soon whether he'll challenge Gillibrand. Looking at a potential general election matchup, former Republican Gov. George Pataki outpolls both Gillibrand and Ford. Pataki has not indicated he will run.
(The poll surveyed 805 registered voters from last Sunday through Friday. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.)

Meanwhile -- the North Country's two representatives in the House will defend the seats they won just last year in special elections.
Brian Mann is Adirondack bureau chief and helps keep an eye on politics for North Country Public Radio and our blog the In-Box. He joined Martha Foley this morning for a look at New York's complicated political picture.  Go to full article

Owens, Scozzafava take questions in Plattsburgh: forum excerpts

Last night, Republican Dede Scozzafava and Democrat Bill Owens, candidates for New York's 23rd district in the House of representatives, met in a public forum at SUNY Plattsburgh.
The third party candidate, Conservative Doug Hoffman, declined to participate. The public forum was co-moderated by Lindsey Lyons, president of the student government association at the State University at Plattsburgh, and NCPR Airondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann.

Owens and Scozzafava responded to wide-ranging questions collected from the forum's sponsors,including United University Professions, the Student Association of SUNY Plattsburgh and the League of Women Voters, and from civic organizations, interest groups, and journalists. They also took questions from the audience. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh forum: Bill Owens' opening statement

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Poll shows a topsy-turvy race for 23rd CD

It's anybody's race and the third party candidate is for real. That's the news from a poll released yesterday of the 23rd district special election to replace John McHugh in Congress. Martha Foley and David Sommerstein took a close look.  Go to full article

TV ad war heats up in 23rd House race

The race for the 23rd congressional district, which spans much of the North Country, is in full swing. The special election was triggered by John McHugh's confirmation earlier this month as Army Secretary. Election day hasn't been scheduled yet by Governor Paterson. But the three candidates hoping to take McHugh's seat are already on the campaign trail and the first flurry of TV ads has hit the airwaves. Brian Mann joined Martha Foley for a sampling.  Go to full article

Aubertine declines 23rd CD race

A day after Republicans anointed their standard bearer for the 23rd congressional district race, Democratic front runner Darrel Aubertine announced he would not run for the seat.

In a prepared statement, Aubertine said his priority was to continue the work he started in the State Senate. Had Aubertine left the Senate, the chamber could have returned to the deadlock that plunged it into chaos for more than a month.

Aubertine slammed the national Republican party for running attack ads before he had declared his intentions. He said "Washington Republicans are going extinct," and "contributors should question why the money they've given was squandered here for no good reason at all."

Aubertine's decision leaves Democrats with a huge hole to fill. Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava is a popular moderate with bipartisan appeal. The front-runners to challenge her now include Thousand Islands based attorney Daniel French, former assistant U.S. Attorney in Watertown John Sullivan, and Madison County attorney Michael Oot, who ran against John McHugh in 2008.  Go to full article

GOP names Scozzafava for 23rd CD race

Republicans are counting on Assemblywoman DeDe Scozzafava to hold the 23rd Congressional District. Party leaders from the 11 counties across the district chose Scozzafava last night at a meeting in Postdam. State GOP leaders say she emerged from a field of nine contenders in a series of meeting.

She has drawn criticism from some members of her party for being too liberal. She supports full marriage rights for same-sex couples, a view which she acknowledges has alienated some Republicans. She has also publicly proud of her record of working across the aisle, with Democrats in the chamber.

In an interview with the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Scozzafava said she was pleased to win the nomination. "My job now," she told the newspaper, "is to get out there, get the wind in my sails and start meeting people." Scozzafava was mayor of Gouverneur, in St. Lawrence County, before running for state Assembly.

The 23rd district seat has long been held by Republican John McHugh. McHugh was nominated earlier this year to be President Barack Obama's secretary of the Army but has not yet been confirmed. Gov. David Paterson has not scheduled a special election for the seat. Democrats extended their deadline for choosing a nominee, but a decision is expected before the weekend.

The GOP has already begun running so-called "robocall" attack ads against state Senator Darrel Aubertine, considered the likely Democratic candidate. Both national parties have signaled that they'll spend heavily to win the 23rd district. Republicans have a voter-enrollment advantage, but the region has trended Democratic in recent elections.  Go to full article

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