Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-Mount Kisco, Westchester County, had a seven percentage point lead over Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, 49-42 percent, which is down from a 13-point lead a month ago, Siena College said in a poll today.
The race has tightened because a Working Families Party candidate was included in the initial poll. Working Families Party candidate Larry Weissman has since dropped out, and Maloney has secured the line. Weissman polled at 10 percent in the first poll.
Hayworth maintained a positive favorability rating in the Hudson Valley district — 48-43 percent. Maloney had a negative favorability — 33-38 percent, and that’s a major change from last month when his rating was 27-19 percent.
So it appears Hayworth’s ads on Maloney are having an effect on the little-known candidate from Manhattan.
Mitt Romney maintained 49-46 percent lead over President Obama in the district, which is good news for the freshman Hayworth. The sprawling district is evenly split between enrolled Democrats and Republicans.
“One month ago, Hayworth had a 13-point lead over Maloney in what was then a three-person race. Today, with Maloney having secured the Working Families Party line, Hayworth leads Maloney by seven points, as she edges closer to the all- important 50 percent mark,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg in a statement.
Hayworth led in the Orange County and Westchester-Putnam portion of the district. Maloney had a small lead in Dutchess County, the poll said.