Posted at: 10/12/2012 8:34 PM
Updated at: 10/13/2012 8:46 AM
By: Allison Dorchik
How close is the race for New York's new 19th Congressional District? The answer depends on who you ask.
Both campaigns released polls this week that show a vastly different snapshot of the race to represent a large area including Greene, Columbia, Schoharie and parts of Montgomery and Rensselaer Counties.
At Herrington Farms in Rensselaer County, they milk their 580 cows three times a day. And during a campaign stop at the Brunswick you might say Chris Gibson was 'milking' his latest campaign endorsement from the Republican Environmental Group Conserve America.
Gibson says, "ensure we make the right choices to preserve our beautiful environment "
While talking about preserving the earth, the Republican from Kinderhook is working to preserve a lead in the polls against Democratic Challenger, Julian Schreibman.
Gibson says, "according to polling results, we are up 50 to 39."
The poll, paid for by the Gibson campaign, surveyed 400 likely voters in the 19th Congressional District.
Earlier this week - before the two debated in Ulster County - the Schreibman campaign released a Democratic poll showing the Kingston area attorney only two points behind. That too, surveyed 400 likely voters and put the race at 43 to 41.
Schreibman was not available to talk with us locally, today but the campaign sent a statement saying after the release of that poll showing the race in a dead heat an across the board consensus that Congressman Gibson lost the debate, it is no wonder that his campaign has hit the panic button.
Back at the farm, less panic, more pride for the farmers as Gibson touted his policies on clean energy. Both candidates will be digging for energy of a different kind over the next three and a half weeks, as they criss-cross this massive 11 county district.
The latest poll in Gibson's favor also showed Romney with a one point lead in the district. Questioning the accuracy of the poll, the Schreibman campaign pointed out a Romney lead in this area is something no other survey has found.
Both polls had a margin of error of 4.9 percent. That's higher than we usually see.