A pro-gay rights Super PAC that has heavily invested in Rep. Richard Hanna’s re-election bid has released partial results of two polls it conducted of the NY-22 GOP primary, which show the incumbent congressman widening his already significant lead over his challenger, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney.

According to the polls conducted by Jan R van Lohuizen (former President George W. Bush’s pollster for his 2004 re-election) for the American Unity PAC, Hanna led Tenney by 52-31 among likely primary voters in early May, and by the end of the month was ahead 61-20.

In addition, Hanna’s favorability increased from 64 percent to 68 percent (within the statistical margin of error), while is unfavorability dropped from 23 percent to 14 percent. Tenney, on the other hand, saw her favorability decline from 41 percent to 26 percent, while the number of voters who had an unfavorably impression of her rose from 13 percent to 24 percent.

According to a source familiar with the results of these polls, Hanna’s numbers improved in the Binghamton and Utica portions of the district – two areas on which his TV ad buys have specifically focused, in part because the district lines changed significantly in the court-drawn congressional map used for the fist time in the 2012 elections.

NY-22 is a newly created district that stretches from Binghamton north to the Oswego area. Hanna is from the northern reaches of the district that was carved up in redistricting.

Tenney, who has considerably fewer resources than Hanna, is not on the air. But as she has moved around the district – and as the primary battle has taken on an increasingly negative tone, with the assemblywoman slamming the congressman, accusing him of being insufficiently conservative – her standing with NY-22 voters (according to these numbers) has dropped.

American Unity PAC, which supports both gay rights and “economic freedom,” recently dropped some $550,000 on an TV ad buy in support of Hanna – the largest independent expenditure to date in the NY-22 primary. The PAC plans to assist eight to 10 candidates in this election cycle, but the Hanna vs. Tenney fight is the only primary battle in which it is taking sides.

Hanna also has the Independence Party endorsement and ballot line, while Tenney has been endorsed by the state Conservative Party, but didn’t file enough signatures to get onto that party’s line in the general election. The Democrats are not fielding a candidate in Novemeber, so whoever wins the primary will effectively be the victor in the general election, too.

American Unity PAC poll, NY-22 by liz_benjamin6490