Poll: Republicans Favor Doheny Over Stefanik For Congress

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A new poll says Matt Doheny could easily beat Elise Stefanik in the race for Congress in the 21st District among Republican voters.

Doheny, who unsuccessfully ran on the Republican ticket against Democrat Bill Owens in 2010 and 2012, has not even declared his candidacy.

Stefanik declared her candidacy for the Republican ticket in August.

According to the poll, 49 percent of Republicans would support Doheny in a GOP primary compared to 13 percent for Stefanik.

Public Opinion Strategies, which conducted the poll, worked for Doheny in the past.

It's unclear who paid for this latest poll.

7 News was unable to reach Public Opinion Strategies, Doheny and Stefanik for comment.

The poll was reported on politico.com.

St. Lawrence County's Joe Gilbert, who vows to force a Republican primary if he's not the GOP choice, is not mentioned in the poll.

Republicans will name their preferred candidate on Friday.

"One would assume that this poll was taken to just gauge support and hopefully let whomever know that there is still potential for Matt Doheny to run," said Tom Jenison, St. Lawrence County GOP chair.

Jenison said he still expects Stefanik to be the GOP choice at Friday's meeting of the 12 county  Republican chairs in Elizabethtown.

"Based on what I have been receiving from the other chairs, one person will be coming forth and I don't have any doubt it's going to be Elise Stefanik," Jenison said.
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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