NY's 26th District is a Mess, But Republican Chris Lee Appears Likely to Hold Seat for GOP:
In an election for United States House of Representatives in New York's 26th Congressional District today, 10/30/08, Republican Chris Lee defeats Democrat Alice Kryzan 48% to 34%, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for WGRZ-TV. There are other names on the ballot, including Jonathan Powers, who does not want his name on the ballot, but during the field period for this survey, a court ruled that Powers cannot have his name taken off the ballot. It is conceivable that if all of the undecided voters, and those whose first choice might be Powers or another minor-party candidate, consolidate behind the Democrat, the contest could be closer than shown here. But, SurveyUSA's best read on the district is that the Republicans will hold the seat. Incumbent Republican Tom Reynolds, first elected in 1998, is not seeking a sixth term. SurveyUSA interviewed 700 registered voters from New York's 26th Congressional District 10/29/08 and 10/30/08, using registration-based sample from Aristotle of Washington DC. Of the registered voters, 587 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote on or before Tuesday.