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The National Republican Congressional Committee on Monday released an internal poll showing U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, with a 25 percentage-point lead in the 21st Congressional District race.

Stefanik was favored by 54 percent of those surveyed in the poll American Viewpoint conducted Wednesday and Thursday through a combination of telephone landline and cellular interviews.

Democratic candidate Mike Derrick was favored by 29 percent of those surveyed and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello by 9 percent, with 8 percent undecided.

The margin of error is +/- 4.9 percent.

“Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is strongly regarded in her district. She has nearly universal awareness,” American Viewpoint said in a polling memo.

Funiciello and the Derrick campaign both questioned the accuracy of the poll.

“I will defer to the electorate on Nov. 8 when they will choose,” said Funiciello, a bread company owner and political activist from Hudson Falls.

Democratic internal polling shows the race tightening, said Abraham White, campaign spokesman for Derrick, a retired Army colonel from Peru, in Clinton County.

White said the poll results appear to contradict an announcement Friday from the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican political action committee, which will spend $500,000 on advertising opposing Derrick.

No independent public polling has been conducted in the 21st District race.

The NRCC poll shows Republican and Democratic presidential candidates running close in the 21st Congressional District.

Republican candidate Donald Trump was favored by 39 percent of those surveyed and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by 36 percent, well within the margin of error.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson was favored by 9 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein by 3 percent, with 13 percent undecided.

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