Published: June 21, 2016
NY-22: While Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney is getting badly outspent by businessman Steve Wells and the anti-Tenney PAC Grow the Economy, a new poll suggests she still has a fighting chance in next week’s GOP primary. A Republican pollster that we’ve never heard of before, Liberty Opinion Research, gives Tenney a tiny 32-31 edge over Wells, with ex-Broome County Legislator George Phillips at 13. Interestingly, Tenney has a meh 42-43 favorable rating with primary voters while Wells is on solid ground at 44-25. LOR says it is “not affiliated or contracted by any campaign, candidate or outside entity involved in the race.”
Tenney also received a potentially useful endorsement from the NRA over the weekend, though they’re unlikely to spend much to help her this late in the game. Interestingly, the NRA backed retiring Rep. Richard Hanna in the 2014 primary over Tenney, and she responded by tweeting that “NRA proves they put politics over principles.” Given that the conservative and underfunded Tenney is probably a weaker general election candidate in this competitive upstate seat than Wells, it’s a lot harder to make that accusation in 2016.
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