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Poll shows Sheehan leads Ellis 68-20

LOUDONVILLE --  A few days prior to the Democratic mayoral primary in Albany, a poll released by Siena and YNN has Kathy Sheehan far ahead of her opponent Corey Ellis.

The YNN/Siena College Albany mayoral primary poll found that City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan lead former City Councilman Corey Ellis 68-20 percent, up from 54-23 percent on July 31, in the race to succeed retiring Mayor Jerry Jennings.

"Kathy Sheehan has a commanding lead over Cory Ellis heading into the final days of the campaign," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. "As a popular incumbent mayor prepares to step down, opening the way for the city's first new mayor in two decades - and only the fourth mayor in seven decades - Sheehan is poised to capture the Democratic nomination, tantamount to victory in this overwhelmingly Democratic city."

Sheehan is viewed favorably by 76 percent of likely primary voters and unfavorably by 12 percent (up from 63-11 percent in July). Ellis has a 58-24 favorability rating among likely primary voters, up from 49-21 percent in July.

"Both of these candidates are well liked by the electorate, however, Sheehan's favorability rating is significantly better," Greenberg said. "More than three-quarters of voters say they are satisfied with the candidates, with only one in five votes saying they would have preferred other candidates in the race.

"With a majority of voters saying the city is headed on the right track, Sheehan, a current citywide office holder, is seen as the likely winner by 83 percent of voters, including a majority of Ellis supporters," Greenberg said. "While the votes need to be cast and counted, it appears likely that Sheehan will not be moving out of City Hall but rather moving into a new office."