It looks like a GOP Congressional Primary is in the offing as Doug Hoffman has released a poll show him (OMG) the overwhelming favorite of Republicans. This looks like an intention to run to me and Hoffman will face off against Jefferson County businessman Matt Doheny and possibly Assemblyman Will Barclay.
A look at the internal numbers provided shows Hoffman with the best name recognition and Will Barclay the second choice, likely because his Assembly district is in Oswego County and his family name is well known in portions of NY23. His unsuccessful State Senate run seems to weigh on his popularity.
Matt Doheny scores as a virtual unknown and while he has made himself known to party activists, the broader audience has no knowledge of him. He needs to get some cable ads up throughout the district to build recognition and street cred. As a fresh face and a younger candidate than Hoffman, he could carve out the niche as a more forward looking candidate. Maybe Matt needs a pickup truck.
As for Hoffman, despite a good job last year coming out of nowhere to get 46%, he needs to resolve the residency issue as there is one local newspaper readying a
12-part award-winning series about carpetbagging.
Hoffman Campaign Releases GOP Primary Poll