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Hillary Unleashed Latest Attack Ad; Poll Has Clinton Back in Lead

Friday, 03 November 2000 12:00 AM

But the race is so close her campaign has turned to desperate measures and yesterday released the most negative campaign yet against her opponent.

The new attack ad shows a clip of Lazio at his first debate demanding Hillary sign a no-soft-money pledge.

The ad says Lazio still took soft money.

‘It’s not what you say, it’s what you actually do,’ " the spot says.

Lazio has made considerable headway in the polls, having cited funds Hillary received by a Muslim group. Lazio has also cited heavily a NewsMax.com story that the Hillary camapign mislead the FEC by changing the name of the donor to hide the Muslim connection.

The statewide poll of 704 likely voters, conducted Tuesday through yesterday by Zogby International, shows Clinton with 46.6 percent to Lazio's 46.4 percent, a statistical tie within the margin of error of 3.8 points.

Clinton's slight lead follows on the heels of polls by Zogby that had her down by as many as 5 points Tuesday and a little more than 1 point Wednesday.

Across the board, polls are showing Clinton and Lazio in a statistical dead heat, with the first lady holding a slight lead.

A Marist College poll out Wednesday gave Clinton 50 percent to Lazio's 46 percent. Also on Wednesday, a Newsday/WB11 poll showed Clinton with 48 percent and Lazio with 47 percent.

The last time Clinton held a lead in the Zogby Post/Fox 5 poll was Sept. 9, when she was 2 points ahead of Lazio.

Clinton picked up support across the state – most surprisingly in the upstate Republican stronghold, where Lazio's lead narrowed to 9.3 points. Upstate, Lazio polled 51.5 percent to Clinton's 42.2 percent.

Lazio still holds a substantial lead in the suburbs, 57.8 percent to Clinton's 35.6 percent, but his lead has narrowed from 23 points to 22.2 points.

In the city, Clinton's lead remained strong at 62.6 percent to Lazio's 29.2.

Among Jewish voters, Clinton's support continued to surge with 61.5 percent, up from 56 percent in Wednesday's poll. Lazio edged up slightly, from 33 percent to 33.7 percent.

Clinton's gains among Jewish voters come after Lazio's attempt to link her fund-raising efforts to Islamic terrorists who bombed the USS Cole – a move that appears to have backfired.

Lazio continues to lead among Catholics, 54.7 percent to 37.2 percent.

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