North Country News
6:20 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Congressional Candidates Wrap Up Tight Race

The candidates in the tight race for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat were making their final push on Monday as election day loomed.

The last poll before election day released by the Siena Institute last week showed incumbent Democrat Bill Owens and Republican challenger Matt Doheny one point apart in the race to represent the sprawling district encompassing all of northern New York. As the campaigns reached the final day, both expressed optimism. On Monday morning,  Republican challenger Matt Doheny made a whirlwind tour of communities across the district. He  stopped by the Homestead Restaurant in Plattsburgh asking voters to give him a chance.

Doheny brought a high-profile supporter with him: former New York Governor George Pataki.

Incumbent Democrat Bill Owens was also making the rounds in the newly drawn district.  And he also got some high profile support. President Bill Clinton endorsed Owens and made a series of robo-calls for his campaign.  Congressman Owens finished a four day, 12 county campaign tour by stopping at his campaign headquarters in Plattsburgh Monday night to thank volunteers.

George Baker of the Working Families Party was among the crowd of volunteers working for Owens.

There has been a third person in this race. On Saturday, Green Party candidate Donald Hassig announced he will vote for Congressman Owens and asked his supporters to do the same. Hassig says the recent Siena poll indicating a close race was critical to his decision.

The re-drawn Congressional district added about 25-hundred square miles, increasing it from about 14-thousand to nearly 17-thousand square miles.