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Dems claim 10-point lead for Slaughter

 
By Robert J. McCarthy

   Political menus often feature internal polls of congressional campaigns with only two weeks before Election Day -- and should be digested with a large dose of salt.

   But the latest from those assisting the re-election efforts of Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, say the veteran congresswoman has opened a 10-point lead in her see-saw contest against Maggie Brooks, the Republican Monroe County executive.

   "Slaughter now holds a 10-point lead, 53–43 percent, up from a six-point lead in August when she led 52–46 percent," said a news release from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Furthermore, 39 percent say they are very certain to vote for Slaughter, compared to 27 percent for Brooks."

   The  survey of NY 25 was conducted by GBA Strategies from Oct. 17–18. It interviewed 400 likely voters on both landlines and cell phones. Results are subject to a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent at the 95 percent confidence interval.

   The internal results also show President Obama maintaining a 14-point lead over Mitt Romney, 54–40 percent, in the district.

   Slaughter is returning to her Monroe County roots as a result of reapportionment after a decade of representing parts of Buffalo, northern Erie County and Niagara County.

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