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Doheny says poll shows him “within the margin of error”

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OGDENSBURG – Speaking at the St. Lawrence County Republican Committee’s annual Fall Fling Wednesday, congressional candidate Matthew A. Doheny said a new poll shows he and his opponent, incumbent Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, “within the margin of error” in a race that has been very tight.

“It’s going to be so close,” Mr. Doheny said of the contest that he describes as one of the most important in the nation.

“Right here, we’re one of the swing districts,” he said.

The poll, released Wednesday by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of the Doheny campaign, shows Mr. Doheny trailing Rep. Owens by 5 points. That’s an improvement over a Siena poll released in September that showed him down 13 points.

Mr. Doheny, in an effort to rally the base, said he can’t possibly shake the hand of every person in the 21st Congressional Dstrict and asked the audience to help him campaign by talking to their neighbors and friends.

Thomas Jenison, chairman of the county Republican Committee said, “Matt is certainly well known.”

Mr. Jenison doesn’t think Mr. Doheny has a problem getting his name out, but says the candidate understands there is still a lot more work ahead of him before the election.

Wendy E. Long, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., also spoke at the Fall Fling and used the stage to appeal for the committee to help her take her campaign all the way.

“The big challenge I have is to get my name out there,” said Ms. Long, who says the “mainstream media” is to blame for her lake of notoriety.

“The mainstream media is king of in the tank for Gillibrand,” according to Ms. Long, saying that only Fox News has given her much attention.

Acknowledging that she is the underdog in the campaign, Ms. Long said “my personal strategy is to run around the state as much as I can. Emphasizing the point, Ms. Long had driven from Manhattan to Syracuse Wednesday morning for a campaign stop before driving up to Ogdensburg. She left the Fall Fling to drive down to Watertown, where she is expected at events on Thursday.

Mr. Jenison said Ms. Long needs more exposure, but believes she will do well in the north country. “This is a big Republican area,” he said.

Ms. Long, addressing the audience, said, “Everyone here has assumed an outsized role [in her campaign] due to the failure of the mainstream media.”

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