A new Siena College poll released Friday shows Democrat Scott Murphy holding a 4% lead over Republican Jim Tedisco in the race for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-NY) former House seat, just a few days before the special election set to take place on Tuesday.
Gillibrand's seat came up for grabs after she was selected to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate after Clinton left to serve as President Barack Obama's Secretary of State.
The poll shows Murphy with a 47%-43% lead over Tedisco, despite the fact that a Siena poll from just two weeks ago showed Tedisco with a 4% lead.
At one point in the race, Tedisco held a double-digit lead over Murphy.
While the percentage of likely voters supporting Murphy has risen about 3 points per week for the last four weeks, the percentage supporting Tedisco has dropped 3 points, said Steven Greenberg, spokesman for the Siena New York Poll.
In the last four weeks, Murphy turned a 12-point deficit into a 4-point lead.
Murphy has an 84%-11% lead among Democrats, while Tedisco holds a 64%-27% lead among Republicans. Tedisco holds a slight 45%-44% lead among independents.
Still, despite Murphy's overall lead, the poll found that 45% of people felt that Tedisco would win the race, compared to just 35% who felt Murphy would win.
On Wednesday, President Obama announced his official endorsement of Murphy, saying that, in Tuesday's election, voters will have the chance to send Scott to Congress, where we'll work together to get our economy moving in the right direction.
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