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Poll: In 4 NY Senate races, no clear anti-incumbent push

ALBANY - If there is enough voter outrage to turn New York's Senate upside down after two years of embarrassing headlines, it can't be seen in some early polls.

Yesterday, a Siena College poll of four races that could flip control of the Senate showed no clear anti-incumbent push, something Democrats have feared could return Republicans to the majority. Earlier this month, a Siena poll of four other races found two Democratic senators about even with challengers, while two long-term Republican senators were leading.

Taken together, the polls of likely voters show so far there is no great wave of support for either giving Democrats a more powerful majority or creating a GOP-led majority.

The Siena poll found:

Republican James Alesi leads Democrat Mary Wilmot 55 percent to 35 percent in the Monroe County's 55th district, with 10 percent undecided.

Democratic Sen. David Valesky was leading Republican Andrew Russo, 50 to 40 percent, in the 49th district; 11 percent were undecided.

In the 40th district covering Dutchess, Westchester and Putnam counties, Republican Greg Ball, an assemblyman, and Democrat Michael Kaplowitz were about even; 12 percent were undecided.

In Erie's 58th district, Democratic Sen. William Stachowski lost in the primary. GOP Assemb. Jack Quinn and Democrat and Conservative Tim Kennedy were close. Stachowski, on the Working Families and Independence lines, has 12 percent; 7 percent were undecided.

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