The campaign of Noam Bramson, the Democratic candidate for Westchester County executive, released a poll Tuesday afternoon showing the two candidates within four percentage points of each other.
Bramson has 43 percent of the vote and Republican County Executive Rob Astorino has 47 percent. The campaign said that puts them within the margin of error. Bramson has made up ground since Labor Day, when he was 14 points behind, the campaign said.
“That’s a neck-and-neck race, within the margin of error, with Rob Astorino well under 50% (an important threshold for an incumbent),” Kim DiTomasso, the campaign’s finance director, said in an email. “Astorino tried to put Noam away early with a wave of negative, dishonest ads starting over the summer. It didn’t work. Instead, Noam is closing fast.”
Bill O’Reilly, a spokesman for the Astorino campaign, said he is ahead by a wider margin than Bramson’s poll says. But he said the Astorino campaign will not release poll numbers because it it against state elections regulations to release part of a poll.
“We are pleased with where we are, but will run until election night as though we’re a single vote behind,” O’Reilly said.
The poll of 400 likely voters was taken Oct. 14-16. The poll also shows Bramson’s message that Astorino is too conservative for Westchester is beginning to stick. More voters now label him a social conservative.
After a big fundraiser Monday night with former President Bill Clinton, the campaign is trying to raise $250,000 in the next 10 days.