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Congressional candidates hope star power propels them to victory

Posted at: 11/05/2012 5:54 PM
Updated at: 11/05/2012 5:56 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

GLENS FALLS - Watertown businessman Matt Doheny was on the campaign trail Monday with former Governor George Pataki at his side.

Pataki has a home in the newly re-drawn 21st District and says his Republican colleague is the right choice.
 
"I think he's going to win. If people come out and vote tomorrow. Matt Doheny is going to be the next congressman from this district."
 
A couple hours earlier and a couple blocks away, Democratic Congressman Bill Owens also had a Republican at his side.
   
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward of Willsboro, Essex County, is crossing party lines to vote for Owens.
 
Sayward, who is retiring at the end of this term, was asked if it is difficult to support a Democrat.  "No it wasn't because voters today are tired of all this partisanship, all of this aggressive action by both parties. And Bill has proven to me in my office to be the most responsive," she said.
 
Owens also announced Monday that he was endorsed by former president Bill Clinton. 
 
The former Governor says Clinton's endorsement won't mean much because he doesn't have a stake in the district.
   
Republicans have a big enrollment advantage in the North Country district, but both candidates were predicting victory Tuesday.
 
"People are receiving our message. They understand it," said Owens. "They get the idea that I'm out there working on Main Street to create jobs in their communities."
 
Doheny countered, "As the governor said, if people come out and vote tomorrow, I like our chances and we're optimistic.
 
The Owens campaign sought and received a judge's approval to impound the ballots immediately after polls close on Tuesday.