Republican incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle and her Democratic predecessor, Daniel Maffei, are tied in the race for the 24th District seat in the House of Representatives, a Siena Research Institute poll released Thursday shows.
Each candidate was favored by 43 percent of those responding to the poll, with Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum at 7 percent. The remaining 7 percent were undecided or did not plan to vote.
“In 2010, Buerkle defeated Maffei by less than 700 votes, or three-tenths of 1 percent,” poll spokesman Steven Greenberg said in a statement.
“This year’s rematch between the congresswoman and the former congressman looks like it will be another barnburner in a district that is virtually evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.”
Republican respondents favor Buerkle over Maffei by 66 percent to 22 percent; Democrats favor Maffei by a margin of 72-16. Independents side with Buerkle by 45-36.
Maffei is the preference in the district’s home base of Syracuse by a margin of 60-30. Buerkle leads in the rest of Onondaga County by 45-44. She leads 45-33 in Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego counties, which comprise the rest of the district.
The survey was conducted Sept. 5 to 10 with telephone calls to 625 likely voters.
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