Politics

Faso and Teachout in Close House Race in New York

Trump also leads Clinton by 5 points in Empire State's 19th District

New York Rep. Chris Gibson's decision to retire opened up his 19th District seat. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout are about even in New York's 19th Congressional District, a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll released Tuesday shows.

The poll, which surveyed 678 likely voters in the district, found 43 percent supporting Faso, a former state Assembly minority leader, and 42 percent behind Teachout, a onetime gubernatorial candidate. Fifteen percent said they were unsure or had no opinion.

The seat opened up when GOP Rep. Chris Gibson opted against seeking re-election.

Teachout recently had former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign for her. The Vermont independent endorsed her in April ahead of her June primary.

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The poll also showed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump beating Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 5 points in the district, 43 percent to 38 percent. President Barack Obama won the district by 6 points over Mitt Romney in 2012.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22 and had a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points. 

The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the race as Leans Republican.

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