Republican Poised for Upset in Weiner Seat Race

By Alex Isenstadt
|  Monday, Sep 12, 2011  |  Updated 8:48 AM EDT
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Republican Poised for Upset in Weiner Seat Race

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Bob Turner, left, and David Weprin, right, candidates for the congressional seat vacated by disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner.

A second poll shows Republican Bob Turner poised to pull off an upset in Tuesday’s special election for Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat.

The survey, conducted by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, shows Turner, a retired cable company executive, leading Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin, 47 percent to 41 percent. The results are similar to a Siena Research Institute poll released on Friday that showed Turner leading Weprin 50 percent to 44 percent in the special election to replace Weiner, who resigned in disgrace.

Turner has centered his campaign on tying Weprin to the policies of President Barack Obama, whose popularity has diminished in the Queens- and Brooklyn-area district. The Public Policy Polling results indicate that a dismal 31 percent of voters expressed a favorable view of Obama. Obama captured 55 percent of the vote in the district in 2008.

Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said the president had emerged as a drag on Weprin.

“If Republicans win this race on Tuesday it’s real world evidence of how unpopular Barack Obama is right now,” Debnam said in a release accompanying the survey results. “Approval polls are one thing but for the GOP to win in a heavily Democratic district like this would send a strong message about how unhappy voters are.”

Both candidates suspended their campaign activity Sunday in observance of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but they are scheduled to be back on the trail Monday.

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