Hochul and Collins Race Neck and Neck

November 4, 2012 Updated Nov 4, 2012 at 8:40 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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November 4, 2012 Updated Nov 4, 2012 at 8:40 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - With just two days left until polls close, the race for the 27th Congressional District remains neck and neck.

A new poll shows Chris Collins (R) beating out Representative Kathy Hochul (D) by just one-percent.

Both candidates are not wasting any time, as they try to drum up support the final weekend before the election.

In a race down to the wire, there's no break for Hochul and Collins.

Staying positive about the poll numbers, Hochul tells Eyewitness News "To still be at this point -- I tell you, back in the spring, people said we never had a chance."

Collins says "I knew this was going to be close and I feel like we have the energy, we don't dwell on polls at all."

However, both candidates know what the newly released Siena College poll shows -- either candidate could win.

In a widely Republican district, Chris Collins has a slim head, with 48 percent.

Hochul is at 47 percent.

Even with election day so close, five percent of people polled remain undecided.

On Sunday, Hochul and Collins met with Western New York voters. Collins went to the Autumn View Health Care Facility in Hamburg. Hochul visited Christmas in the Country in Hamburg and businesses in East Aurora.

The candidates say these next few days will be crucial. Both have the same strategy: meeting voters and getting their messages out.

Collins is criticizing Hochul for being a part of Obama's health care reform. Hochul is also pushing his job history in Western New York.

"I have 40 years creating jobs in Western New York. I have 500 to 600 employees here in the region," Collins says. "I know what it's like to go without a paycheck so my employees and vendors can get paid."

Hochul says she has a track record of bipartisanship in a politically divisive era, pointing out voting with Republicans on the Balanced Budget Amendment.

"People know that I've stood to the President on issues where I disagree and with him when I do agree," Hochul tells Eyewitness News. "I'm not so partisan that I can't accept that one side might have better answers."

There's no question -- not only is this the tightest race in Western New York, it's the nastiest too. Attack ad after attack ad continue to run on television.

In just a few more days, voters will have to make up their minds and decide who will represent much of Western New York.

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