Looking at the 21st Congressional District race, former New York Gov. George Pataki said he sees parallels in some of his elections.
Mr. Pataki served as New York's governor from 1995 to 2006, and upset sitting Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1994 to win the keys to the governor's mansion. But the polls didn't always bring good news, much like how a September poll showed Republican Matt Doheny down by 13 points to Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
"You don’t pay any attention, you just work hard," said Mr. Pataki in a conference call with Mr. Doheny and reporters in the Jefferson County area.
Mr. Doheny said his spirits were high a day before voters go to the polls.
"We’re just going to continue to ask people to give me a chance," Mr. Doheny said.
In an appearance on Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham's radio show on Monday, Mr. Pataki said that Hurricane Sandy helped President Obama, but he still believed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would win.
"The storm really allowed the president to appear bipartisan," Mr. Pataki said. He sounded as if he believed Mr. Romney's chances had declined, but he added: "If I had to bet the ranch today, I'd bet on Governor Romney."
Interestingly, Mr. Pataki actually does own a farm in Essex County, which is within the 21st District. His son, Owen, is a second lieutenant stationed at Fort Drum with the 10th Mountain Division.