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Schreibman narrows the gap on Gibson

Posted at: 11/03/2012 11:36 PM
Updated at: 11/04/2012 12:03 AM
By: Dan Levy

HUDSON - Just about six weeks ago, Congressman Chris Gibson had a 16 point lead in his reelection race against Julian Schreibman. With three days until Election Day, the race has narrowed.

The most recent Siena College poll had the democratic candidate Schreibman, a former federal prosecutor, within five points of the freshman republican. Gibson says he has polls that give him a ten point lead.

On the final weekend of the campaign, neither candidate is taking anything for granted.

With the campaign winding down, Julian Schreibman wanted to make sure his supporters are revved up, going door-to-door in Hudson Saturday afternoon.

"(voters) want someone whose going to focus on the bread and butter issues that matter around their kitchen tables," Schreibman asserts.

Those bread and butter issues, he believes, are jobs and the economy, although he says he's sensing something else from voters.

"They're frustrated that they sent the congressman two years ago to focus on (jobs and the economy) and instead it's all been about de-funding Planned Parenthood and restricting a woman's right to choose," Schreibman says.

"Even in the short time I've served in the congress, we've gotten real things done," Gibson says.

The congressman was relaxing at home on Saturday night with his wife Mary Jo, just off the campaign trail, where he's determined to knock on 100,000 doors in the final days before the election. Gibson says he's hearing things from voters that Schreibman might not be hearing.

"They're disappointed that my opponent has run such a nasty and deceptive campaign," Gibson says.

Schreibman says there are obviously sharp differences between him and Gibson, but insists he never wanted there to be personal attacks.

"We're speaking respectfully but very directly about the different choices people have in this election," Schreibman says.

But clearly, Gibson is not pleased with some campaign ads that are running.

"Saying that I voted to deny women the right to an abortion in the case of rape and incest, this is flatly untrue," Gibson states adamantly.

Gibson says he supports a woman's right to choose, but does not support federal funding for it.