Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney is in a statistical tie with her Democratic opponent Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, according to an exclusive Spectrum News/Siena College poll released on Wednesday night.

The poll found Brindisi leading Tenney 46 percent to 44 percent — well within the poll’s 4.8 percentage point margin of error. Eleven percent of voters are either undecided or have no opinion.

Tenney is running for a second term in a House district that stretches from the Mohawk Valley to the Southern Tier and has proven to be a supportive area for President Donald Trump.

The race is considered one of the top-tier battleground districts in the state, if not the country. The National Republican Congressional Committee this month poured $300,000 into an ad blitz over the next several weeks.

Trump, who held a fundraiser for Tenney in Utica earlier this month, has a 51 percent favorable rating among voters, the poll found. Voters by a margin of 53 percent to 40 percent want Republicans to maintain control of the House of Representatives, including 49 percent of independent voters.

Nevertheless, Brindisi draws support in the race from 24 percent of Republican voters as well as 44 percent of independents.

Tenney’s re-election bid is also complicated by a plurality of voters, 47 percent, holding an unfavorable view of her, including 28 percent of voters in her own Republican Party. Brindisi holds a 44 percent favorable rating in the poll, with 27 percent giving him an unfavorable rating.

Tenney’s immediate predecessor, Republican former Rep. Richard Hanna, is considered a more moderate to liberal figure, endorsing Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and pointedly declining to support Tenney’s bid for his seat.

“Voters are clearly fed up with a Congresswoman who takes corporate special interest money and then votes to take away healthcare and give tax breaks to her donors,” said Brindisi campaign manager Ellen Foster.

“This poll is another sign that the people of this district want a strong independent voice who can stand up to business as usual in Washington. But with more than two months to go, we’re not letting up. We’ll continue to meet with voters to make the case that Anthony Brindisi will always put Upstate New York first.”

The poll of 499 likely voters was conducted from Aug. 20 through Aug. 26.

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