Republican Rep. John Faso holds a 5-percentage point lead over his Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado, according to an exclusive Spectrum News/Siena College released Thursday evening.

The poll found Faso leading Delgado 45 percent to 40 percent, with 13 percent of voters either without an opinion or undecided. The poll has a margin of error of 4.8 percentage points.

Voters are split on their views of Faso, a first-term incumbent running for re-election in what has been a hotly contested swing district for the last several election cycles. The district was vacated in 2016 by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson, a popular incumbent who had considered a run for governor before pulling the plug on the nascent campaign.

Delgado was the winner of a crowded Democratic primary in June.

Faso holds a 38 percent favorable rating, with 37 percent giving him an unfavorable rating. Thirty-four percent of voters have a favorable view of Delgado, compared to 22 percent of voters who do not. A plurality of voters, 44 percent, do not have opinion.

Voters are largely split along party lines in the district: Delgado’s election is backed by 81 percent of Democrats. Similarly, 76 percent of Republicans want to see Faso re-elected. Faso has an edge with independent voters are split: 44 percent back the incumbent, versus 38 percent for Delgado.

Voters by a narrow margin also back Republicans keeping control of the House of Representatives, 48 percent to 43 percent. But by an even smaller margin, 47 percent disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, with 45 percent approving.

The poll of 501 likely voters was conducted from Aug. 20 to Aug. 26.

“As Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said, Faso has a ‘real race on his hands.’ Great to learn that ten weeks from Election Day the incumbent here has only been able to secure a minor five point lead in a poll with a margin of error of 4.8%,” Delgado said in a statement.

“I am not surprised by these results as I hear all across our district from people who feel John Faso does not represent them, especially on healthcare. Faso voted in favor of gutting protections for people here with pre-existing conditions, cruelly stripping away funding for Medicaid, and increasing out-of-pocket costs. That’s not something folks forget.”

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