Poll finds Delgado is leading Faso
Oct 30, 2018 1:15 pm
David Lombardo is reporting for the Times Union Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado is pulling ahead of Republican incumbent John Faso in the 19th Congressional District race, according to a Monmouth University poll released October 30. The poll has Delgado at 49 percent to Faso's 44 percent. The two third party candidates come in at a combined 3 percent and 4 percent of the voters surveyed are undecided. When factoring a surge of Democratic voters similar to special elections over the past year, Delgado's support jumps to 51 percent and his lead grows to 8 percentage points. Delgado led Faso by 3 points in a Monmouth poll last month. Faso has never trailed in a poll conducted by the Siena Research Institute, which gave him a 1-point margin in early October. Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray said Delgado has strengthened his position in the race even though Republican interest has picked up over the past month. "GOP ads have focused on Delgado's past as a hip-hop artist in an effort to paint him as out of step with the district, but these attacks haven't changed the overall trajectory of this race," he added. Delgado's favorable rating of 42 percent is the same as September, but his unfavorable rating increased 8 points to 33 percent. The majority of voters polled, 42 percent, say Delgado shares their values, while only 36 percent feel that way about Faso. President Donald J. Trump has a negative job approval in the district, with 46 percent approving of his work in office and 51 percent giving him a thumbs down. The poll has a margin of error of 5.1 percent, and was conducted between October 24 and 28. Read the full story in the Times Union. Read the full story in the Times Union.