“The latest New York poll, from Siena College’s Research Institute, showed Clinton leading Spencer 59 percent to 32 percent. A September poll from the Albany-area institute had Clinton leading 62 percent to Spencer’s 33 percent.”
Spencer seems to have some trouble following FEC requirements:
The Federal Election Commission said it appeared that the Spencer for Senate Committee had accepted excessive contributions totaling more than $41,000 in a Sept. 3 filing. The FEC said the filing showed that 18 individuals exceeded the $2,100 limit on contributions per election, one by as much as $11,500.
The FEC’s Grant also raised questions about other discrepancies, including errors in aggregated contribution totals, a failure to itemize contributions over $200, and discrepancies in staff travel. Grant also found substantial increases in spending on some items in an amended report, compared with an original report.
It was the third time the Spencer campaign has come under a cloud for documentation problems. Earlier, FEC officials asked the campaign to explain its apparent failure to document more than $500,000 in expenses and another $23,000 in travel expenses for the candidate’s wife.
Clinton and Spencer will meet in a debate tonight in Rochester at 7:00 pm. “The debate will be seen on Time Warner news channels across the state.” Meanwhile:
The League of Women Voters of New York State has withdrawn its support for the U.S. Senate debate in Rochester tonight between Democrat Sen. Hillary Clinton and Republican challenger John Spencer because Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins has not been invited to participate.
There is another debate scheduled for Sunday in New York City.
October 5, 2006 Quinnipiac Poll Numbers:
In the race for New York State Attorney General, former Federal Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo, the Democrat, leads former Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, the Republican, 56 – 37 percent among likely voters including leaners, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton leads Republican challenger John Spencer 66 – 31 percent among likely voters. Among registered voters, Sen. Clinton leads 64 – 27 percent, compared to 62 – 26 percent in an August 24 Quinnipiac University poll.
“Cuomo’s favorable/unfavorable rating is 44-42 percent, down from 50-35 percent last month. Pirro’s rating is 32 percent favorable, 41 percent unfavorable. It was 29-32 percent last month.” This article also gives recent poll numbers for the Hevesi/Callaghan race (52-25).