by Craig Dimitri
U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R), one of the longest-serving members in the current Congress, is retiring.Â State Sen. Ray Meier (R) and Oneida County District Attorney Peter Arcuri (D) are vying to replace him, inÂ a GOP-leaningÂ district.Â The most recent independent poll was on Oct. 8-10, and that information might be too old to be ofÂ value.Â But that poll indicated that back in early October, Arcuri had a solid 52%-43% lead over Meier, and might potentially pick up this long-time GOP seat for the Democrats.
If the name Ray Meier sounds familiar to college basketball fans, it is because he shares itÂ withÂ theÂ long-time legendary coach Ray Meyer at DePaul inÂ Chicago (although they spell it differently).Â But toÂ borrow a basketball analogy, Meier needs to start draining some threes this late in the contest.Â Logically, this sprawling district, which encompasses all or part of ten counties, could be a Republican hold, given the fact thatÂ George W. BushÂ hadÂ carried it 53%-47% againstÂ John F. Kerry.Â The MajorityWatch poll reflected a partisan breakdown of 43% Republican, 21% independent, 36% Democratic.Â In addition, the polling data is three weeks old and might no longer be valid.Â But in the meantime, Arcuri must be viewed as the favorite.Â Â Â
MeierÂ official campaign site – http://www.raymeierforcongress.com/
Arcuri official campaign site – http://www.arcuriforcongress.com/
MajorityWatch poll – http://www.majoritywatch.com/
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