A new Republican poll shows the race for the seat vacated by disgraced New York City Rep. Anthony D. Weiner — once thought to be a lock for Democrats — is now dead even.
Results of a McLaughlin & Associates survey released Thursday show Democrat David Weprin and Republican Bob Turner each with 42 percent of voters’ support. A large number of potential voters — 16 percent — say they are undecided.
A McLaughlin & Associates poll taken a month earlier showed the Democrat with a an 8 percentage-point lead in the race.
“Bob Turner owns the momentum in this race,” the pollsters said in the survey’s conclusion. “With adequate resources, the Turner campaign can and will continue on their current trajectory and defeat David Weprin on September 13th.”
Little independent polling has been done on the race, with the most noteworthy being an early August Siena College survey showing Mr. Weprin ahead by six percentage points.
Both parties uncharacteristically are spending campaign money in the district, which hasn’t elected a Republican since the 1920s and typically elects Democrats by landslide margins.
Mr. Turner, 70, a longtime business executive, lost to Mr. Weiner by 20 percentage points in last year’s race for New York’s 9th Congressional District, which includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens. But the incumbent resigned in June after admitting he had sexually charged online relationships with several women, setting up the Sept. 13 special election to fill out the remainder of his term, which expires in early January 2013.
Mr. Weprin, 55, is a New York state assemblyman and a former New York City Council member.
The candidates may find it difficult to deliver their message in the final days of the campaign, when the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is expected to dominate the city’s media coverage.