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A very brief diary: Scott Murphy is kicking @ss in NY-20.

That is according to Siena, who typically polls this district when the race is competitive.

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The Siena poll shows Murphy’s support is strongest in the northernmost part of the district, which reaches up to Lake Placid. Likely voters in Essex, Washington and Warren counties favored Murphy by 59 percent to 31 percent.

Gibson’s support is strongest at the southern end of the district — in Dutchess, Greene, Otsego, Columbia and Delaware counties — where he trails Murphy by only 5 points, 46 percent to 41 percent. That part of the district also had the largest segment of undecided voters – 13 percent.

Among voters not registered as Democrats or Republicans, Murphy held a sizeable 28-point lead, 58 percent to 30 percent.

The main concern of voters in the district is . . . surprise surprise! Jobs. 41% of respondents said jobs was the most important issue, way ahead of health care at 12% and Afghanistan at 10%.

That appears to play to Murphy’s strengths. He is a former entrepreneur and venture capitalist.

Hope this is confirmed by subsequent polls. It would be very nice to count this district as safe this cycle.

Originally posted to Davidsfr on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 07:17 AM PDT.

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