Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, and while they may not have power in their homes, they will have the power to elect the next president of the United States. (Oh come on, that pun wasn’t that bad!)
And they will also be electing a fresh member of Congress in the new 6th Congressional District in Queens.
Just how those votes are going to shake out, though, is anybody’s guess, depending on whose internal poll you believe.
Councilman Dan Halloran, the Republican candidate in the race, released a poll last week with some very surprising numbers that were, not unsurprisingly, very favorable to him.
According to a survey of voters conducted by pollsters McLaughlin & Associates, Halloran holds a 5 percent lead over his Democratic challenger, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, among voters who have actually heard of both candidates.
But the surprising result, according to the poll, is that Halloran holds a 28 percent lead among voters who have a strong opinion on both candidates, meaning that among voters who have likely made up their mind on who to vote for, Halloran holds a commanding lead.
The Meng campaign quickly released a statement refuting Halloran’s poll, noting that their own internal polling showed that Meng had a 51 percent to 21 percent lead over Halloran in the district, with another 27 percent of voters undecided.
From Meng’s release:
This “poll” is nothing more than a desperate attempt on behalf of the Halloran campaign to raise money from its far right, radical Tea Party base of support. Once again, Dan Halloran just makes things up and expects no one to question him.
Of course, it didn’t stop there.
Meng didn’t actually specify what company conducted her poll, which Halloran seized on. From a Halloran spokesperson:
Our polling sample accurately reflects the electorate. Also, you know who did our poll, as opposed to Meng's “Marvel Mystery Poll."
We guess we’ll know by next week who has the more accurate poll.