Republican Bob Turner released an internal poll showing that he is about four points behind incumbent Rep. Anthony Weiner, New York Democrat. According to the October 10 poll, Mr. Weiner would get 52.31% of the district vote, while Mr. Turner would garner 47.69%.
As I posted previously, Mr. Weiner seemed unusually vociferous towards his Republican challenger this year. The usually liberal district is not a race many believe a Republican can pick up a seat. However, changing demographics in the Brooklyn-Queens neighborhood of New York’s 9th Congressional District have altered some, and the reliable Democratic votes may not necessarily be there. Once again, turn out is key in this race, and if Mr. Weiner can’t fire up his base this may very well be the “sleeper contest” some have called it.