One of the features of the Blogger program I use to compose this blog is the ability to conduct straw polls.
This week a poll on the Congressional race revealed a close contest between Rep. Bill Owens and likely challenger Matt Doheny.
While the technology limits you to one vote per computer, it is possible to orchestrate a different result by voting from multiple computers or by creating an email tree of people voting.
The partisans are carping about the other side manipulating the poll and to an extent that's surely true in both cases.
However, when you figure all of that cancels out, the close numbers probably do represent the truly close nature of this race.
The campaigns have their own internal polling and the media cannot afford polling, so snapshots of the race are hard to come by.
Today we will do a poll on the Senate race, but the results must always be viewed through the prism of the word "straw poll".