The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) unveiled several polls today, including one looking at the 24th Congressional District race.

The poll found Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, leading his Republican challenger, Richard Hanna, 50 percent to 37 percent. Complete details on the poll weren't immediately available, but this is a breakdown of the poll:

Poll: Aug. 29-31, 400 Likely Voters, 4.9 percent margin of error

By party:

- Democratic: 27 percent

- Republican: 30 percent

- Independent: 44 percent

- Don't know/refused to participate: 8 percent

Top issue: Economy and jobs, with 31 percent of the vote

Arcuri campaign spokesman Jeb Fain issued this statement in response to the poll:

"The only poll that really matters is the one on November 2nd. Our focus is on the conversations we're having with voters about Congressman Arcuri's record of delivering for Upstate New York: bringing home $1 million dollars for the VA Clinic in Rome, helping Remington Arms and Nucor Steel save and create good-paying jobs, and protecting our water from unsafe gas drilling."

Hanna's campaign disagreed with the polling results.

"Other polling shows completely different results because voters are fed up with Mike Arcuri and his votes for more spending and higher taxes that have devastated Upstate New York’s economy," Hanna campaign spokeswoman Renee Gamela said.

When polls are released by political party organizations, they tend to be great fundraising tools for candidates (especially when they show you leading by 10 points or more). But they also lack independence, which makes it tough to take these figures seriously as an accurate gauge of what the district is thinking.

One thing is for certain: This race will be close and it will be one of many both parties will have their eyes on come November.

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