The little 'bagger that couldn't, Doug Hoffman, is poised to cost the GOP in NY-23 for the second time in a less than a year.
Doug Hoffman, the conservative activist that spoiled the GOP's chances in a New York special election last year, may be hurting their prospects again despite suspending his campaign.
Democrats have been hoping that conservative third party candidates sink the GOP's chances in several targeted House races, and new polling suggests this race may be the most likely to achieve that goal.
According to a Siena Research poll released Thursday, Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) leads Republican Matt Doheny by only three points -- 40 percent to 37 percent, with Hoffman pulling in 15 percent.
The poll shows that Doheny is making up ground but that Hoffman continues to take support from him among Republicans. In an Oct. 13 Siena poll, Doheny trailed by a larger, 11 point margin -- 42 percent to 31 percent. Hoffman still pulled 15 percent in that survey.