NEW YORK STATE -- A new independent poll on the race for the 24th Congressional District shows the contest is a dead heat.
The new survey by Siena Research shows Republican Ann Marie Buerkle and Democrat Dan Maffei are tied for voter support.
The Siena Research Poll says Buerkle and Maffei are each drawing support from 43 percent of likely voters. Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum garners seven percent support. Another seven percent of voters are undecided.
A spokesman for Siena tells Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin that the survey, which gives President Obama a 19 point lead in the district, shows challenges for Dan Maffei.
“The voters in this district side with Obama and the democrats. When we ask the voters which party would you rather see controlling the House of Representatives come 2013, the democrats or the republicans? They give an 11 point lead to the democrats. But with all that said, Dan Maffei is running dead even with Ann Marie Buerkle,” said Steve Greenberg of the Siena Research Institute.
Election Day is less than eight weeks away.
Siena Poll - 24th Congressional District