A Magellan Strategies poll indicates voters could be on the brink of delivering a real shocker to New York City’s Democratic establishment by electing Republican Bob Turner over Democrat David Weprin to succeed firebrand Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Magellan surveyed 2,055 voters in the 9th Congressional District. Turner led Weprin 44.6 percent to 40.4 percent. The poll’s margin of error is 2.6 percent.
The New York Post reported Thursday that Democrats are hoping a massive last-minute ad blitz can avert a political debacle in Tuesday’s special election to replace Weiner.
“The idea that this race is so close is a humiliation for the Democratic Party,” a New York Democrat complained to the newspaper.
Weprin is facing headwinds due to lingering embarrassment over the Weiner texting scandal, and President Barack Obama’s growing unpopularity in the district, which straddles Brooklyn and Queens.
Megellan found Obama’s job approval in the district was a dismal 36 percent, compared to 52 percent who disapprove of his job performance.
Democrats are pulling out all the stops to try to prevent a Turner upset.
Weprin’s campaign has produced a 30-second spot linking Turner to the tea parties, and portraying him as a foe of Medicare and Social Security.
Also, the Post reported Wednesday that popular New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has expressed a willingness to cut an ad on Weprin’s behalf. Turner, who has a lot less money to spend on the race, picked up a key endorsement Wednesday from Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
Hikind says he is supporting Turner to send a message to President Obama that his economic policies and conditional support for Israel are unpopular.
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