19 October, 2006

New Poll Shows Hall Up By 9, Gillibrand Up By 13 In House Races


(UPDATED TO INCLUDE ENDORSEMENTS IN HALL-KELLY RACE)


Democrats John Hall and Kirsten Gillibrand have pulled ahead in their congressional races, according to a new poll released today by Seattle polling group Constituent Dynamics.

The poll, covering 54 competitive races throughout the country, shows Hall ahead of Republican incumbent Rep. Sue Kelly in New York's 19th District 49% to 40%.

Gillibrand is up by 13 points 54% to 41%.

The polling was done Oct. 15-16.

The Majority Watch poll also shows the Democrats ahead in New York's 24th, 25th, 26th and 29th districts.

The only Republican to lead in the seven races being watched by this pollster is Rep. Peter King of the 3rd District who leads his Democratic opponent Dave Mejias by 2 points, 47%-45%.

I was tipped to the poll by the New York State Democratic Party, which described the poll as "independent."

You can read about the polling firm and its methodlogy here, and decide for yourself its degree of independence.

TIVO ALERT: HALL ON COLBERT REPORT TONIGHT

District 19 voters can see Hall tonight on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," hosted by the faux right-wing talk-show host Stephen Colbert. Hall's appearance is part of Colbert's "Know Thy Opponent" series. It airs at 11:30 p.m. on Comedy Central.

RAITT RAISES ROOF, CASH FOR HALL

The Hall campaign today said it raised $90,000 at rocker Bonnie Raitt's benefit concert last night in Tarrytown. Raitt and Hall have been friends since the '70's when the two performed together and organized a No-Nukes concert at Madison Square Garden.

HALL, KELLY EACH CLAIM LABOR ENDORSEMENT

Both Hall and Kelly claimed the backing of labor groups today.

Hall's campaign sent word today that the Civil Service Employees Association, the largest public employees' union in the state, has endorsed Hall in his race against Kelly.

Meanwhile, the Kelly campaign announced the backing of Local 137 of the Union of Operating Engineers.

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