Posted at: 10/14/2012 12:01 PM
Updated at: 10/14/2012 7:40 PM
A new Siena College poll is showing that Republican Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks is closing the gap on Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's lead in the race for the 25th Congressional District.
Researchers found that over the last three weeks, Brooks has cut Slaughter's lead in half from 10 points down to five points. Slaughter is currently being supported by 49 percent of likely voters (down from 52 percent on September 27th) compared to 44 percent for Brooks (up from 42 percent).
Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg says although Slaughter continues to have a huge lead in Rochester, Brooks has made up some ground among the city voters. Brooks has also slightly increased her lead in the rest of the district outside Rochester. Greenberg added that Slaughter continues to lead the race overall, largely because Democrats hold a nine point enrollment advantage in the district.
News10NBC caught up with County Executive Maggie Brooks on Sunday at an event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Saint Joseph's Villa on Dewey Avenue. She said, "The momentum we are seeing in my race comes after she spent almost a million dollars driving a very very negative message against our campaign and against me personally and yes, three different fact checking organizations said that the ads were false but she continued to run them and I think people see through that."
In a statement given to News10NBC on Sunday, Louise Slaughter's campaign responded saying, "Despite millions being spent against us on negative ads by the same special interests who are trying to defeat President Obama, voters are still siding with Louise. That's because unlike Maggie Brooks and her deep-pocketed allies, Louise has fought to protect social security and Medicare, opposed unfair trade deals and brought jobs and new industries to Rochester."