The race in New York's 24th Congressional District looks like it might be one of the most competitive House races in the country, a new poll out Saturday suggets.
According to the latest survey from Siena Research Institute, freshman Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) and her Democratic challenger Dan Maffei each earn the support of 44 percent of likely voters in the central New York district.
Powered by tea party support and endorsements from Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, Buerkle ousted then-incumbent Maffei two years ago in New York's old 25th District. But Saturday's poll indicates voters' familiarity with the two candidates has done them little favors. At least 50 percent of voters surveyed have an unfavorable opinion of both Buerkle and Maffei, who were locked at 43 percent in Siena's early-September poll.
Siena conducted its poll Oct. 31-Nov. 2 using live phone interviews with 670 likely voters in the 24th District. It has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.
The PollTracker Average likewise shows a close race, with Maffei leading by a razor-thin margin.