A new poll on the special election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District shows Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman at 17 percent, tied with Democrat Bill Owens and just behind Republican Dede Scozzafava, who is at 20 percent. (Scozzafava also has the backing of the Independence Party.) Forty-five percent of respondents were undecided; the election is November 3. Scozzafava defeated Hoffman for the GOP nomination for the seat, which is being vacated by Rep. John McHugh, who has been nominated to serve as secretary of the navy.
Hoffman launched his first television ad on Thursday.