Ann Marie Buerkle and Dan Maffei

Pictured, from left, is former U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, and U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt.

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A poll released Wednesday by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee shows Democratic candidate Dan Maffei leading U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, in the 24th Congressional District race.

Maffei holds an eight point lead over Buerkle, according to the poll. Forty-six percent of voters surveyed said they would vote for Maffei, while 38 percent said they would support Buerkle. 

The poll also found most voters gave Buerkle negative ratings, with 59 percent disapproving of her job performance. Nearly one-third of voters — 32 percent — gave Buerkle positive reviews.

“Voters are moving away from Congresswoman Buerkle as they learn more about her extreme Tea Party record of voting to end Medicare and raising middle class taxes to pay for new tax breaks to millionaires,” DCCC spokesman Josh Schwerin said in a statement. “With about six weeks to go until Election Day, Dan Maffei is well positioned to defeat Tea Party Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle."

The poll was conducted by Grove Insight for the DCCC. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 percent. 

This is the second NY-24 poll released by the DCCC. The first poll, released in late August, showed Maffei leading Buerkle by six points in the 24th Congressional District. 

Earlier this month, the Siena Research Institute conducted the first independent survey of NY-24 voters. The poll found Maffei and Buerkle tied at 43 percent. Seven percent of voters said they would vote for Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum.

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