Poll Show Kennedy, Quinn in Dead Heat for 58th Senate Seat

October 4, 2010 Updated Oct 4, 2010 at 10:51 AM EDT

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Poll Show Kennedy, Quinn in Dead Heat for 58th Senate Seat

October 4, 2010 Updated Oct 4, 2010 at 10:51 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - With less than one month to go before the November general election, a new poll shows some key contests tightening in the race for State Senate.

“There are two extremely close and exciting Senate races –in the Hudson Valley and Erie County,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg.

In the race for the 58th Senate District, Republican Jack Quinn III holds a 42% - 39% lead over Democrat Tim Kennedy, with 12% saying they support incumbent Bill Stachowski, who lost in the Democratic primary to Kennedy but continues to run on two minor lines.

Job creation was the number one issue for likely voters polled in the 58th Senate District, with government reform following in second. Voters in the 58th district were also polled on the race for governor, among other issues.

“The 58th [Senate District] tells a ‘man bites dog’ story. Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than two-to one, however, overwhelmingly favorable Paladino has a better than two-to-one lead over unfavorable Cuomo. This Democratic district says thumbs up to the Tea Party and thumbs down to Obama. Fewer than one in four voters want to see Democrats increase their majority in the Senate. And while voters say Quinn is better on every issue, he and Kennedy are locked in a near dead-heat, separated by only three points,” Greenberg said.

The Siena Research Institute polled 462 likely voters in the 58th Senate District wit ha margin of error of +/- 4.6.

Read the complete results of Sienna Poll here.