Elections
2:04 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Siena poll shows Gibson-Schreibman race closer

Polls are tightening in a closely watched New York Congressional race. WAMC’s Ian Pickus has more…

The Siena Research Institute reports that the race between Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman in the new 19th district is getting tighter with election day less than a week away.

The freshman Gibson held a 16-point lead in September’s Siena poll, but that advantage is down to a 48-43 edge in the latest poll released Tuesday, with nine percent still uncommitted.

The two have been locked in a bitter campaign that has attracted national advertising dollars.

Schreibman recently told WAMC that he is optimistic about the state of the race.

“Polls are polls,” he said. “The important thing to us is we see things moving in the right direction.”

Gibson, meanwhile, told WAMC he is confident voters will send him back to Washington.

“You know, I’m asking for consideration today,” he said. “Republicans, Democrats and independents to take a close look at my record and to support me.”

Voters will have the final say in six days.