Sen. Greg Ball last year polled how he would do in a matchup against current Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. It showed him winning a Republican primary 52 percent to 29 percent.
The poll was conducted last Aug. 14-15 and was obtained today by Gannett’s Albany Bureau as Ball this week will announce whether he will challenge Odell in a September primary or seek re-election in November.
The internal poll surveyed 310 Republican voters in Putnam County, including many conservatives, and showed Ball would easily defeat Odell, who is seeking a second term and is a former aide to Ball, who is in his second term in the Senate. It had a margin of error of 5.52 percent. The people polled included 200 conservatives, 96 moderates and 13 liberals.
Ball plans to announce his political future on Friday in Mount Pleasant, Westchester County. He hasn’t said yet what office, if any, he’ll seek this fall.
The poll showed Ball with a 70 percent favorable rating in Putnam County, while Odell had a 55 percent favorable rating. Those polled were evenly divided between Carmel, Mahopac and Brewster, and then the rest of the county.