Corwin Slips in Polls, GOP Heavyweight Joins Campaign

May 9, 2011 Updated May 9, 2011 at 8:17 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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May 9, 2011 Updated May 9, 2011 at 8:17 PM EDT

(LANCASTER, NY) - A political heavyweight made a campaign stop on behalf of Jane Corwin on Monday.

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, attending a fundraiser at Salvatore's Italian Gardens and urged conservatives to back Corwin.

"We've got to turn out every conservative voter in this district to make sure Jane Corwin is the next congresswoman from this congressional district," Boehner told the crowd of about 300, who each paid $150 for the lunchtime fundraiser.

"Turnout is always important," said Corwin. "I want to see as many voters come out and vote that day as they can."

Corwin's poll numbers have slipped recently. A Public Policy Polling survey conducted on behalf of DailyKos.Com shows the Republican trailing behind Democrat Kathy Hochul, 35-31 percent.

Tea Party hopeful Jack Davis has 24 percent support. The poll's margin of error is three percent, putting Hochul and Corwin in a statistical dead heat.

The special election in the race is May 24. The seat was vacated by Republican Chris Lee, who resigned earlier this year after he sent a shirtless photograph of himself to a woman whom he met online.