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Latest Siena poll on 24th District race has Arcuri with slim lead

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - With less than a week to go until Election Day, the race for the 24th Congressional District has gotten tighter.

The latest Siena College poll has Congressman Michael Arcuri leading republican challenger Richard Hanna 48 to 43%. Also, 10% of those surveyed are still unsure of who they will vote for.

“Michael Arcuri continues to hold a slim lead over Richard Hanna in this rematch from 2008.  Hanna has cut into the eight-point lead Arcuri had in the last Siena College Poll six weeks ago.  Hanna now trails by five points and Arcuri continues to stay below the magic 50 percent mark, as 10 percent of voters remain undecided,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. 

“Both candidates do well with voters of their own party, with Arcuri doing a little better among Democrats than Hanna does with Republicans.   Independent voters continue to side with Arcuri, giving him a 12-point lead, down ever so slightly from a 14-point lead six weeks ago,” Greenberg said.  “Arcuri continues to lead in the Southern Tier and western portions of the district, and Hanna is now up 47-45 percent in Oneida and Herkimer Counties, where he previously trailed by eight points.”

“There continues to be a significant gender gap, with men favoring Hanna 49-42 percent and women supporting Arcuri 54-36 percent.  Voters under 55 years of age give Hanna a six-point lead, while those 55 years old and older side with Arcuri by 15 points,” Greenberg said.  “Fifty-six percent of Arcuri voters and 55 percent of Hanna voters say they are certain to stick with their candidate and won’t change their minds.

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