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Polls show tight race between little-known AG candidates

ALBANY — New polls show a tight race between two still little-known candidates for attorney general in New York.

The Quinnipiac University survey of 751 likely voters shows Democratic state Sen. Eric Schneiderman of Manhattan with 37 percent support and 36 percent for Republican Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan. Respondents were asked to choose as if they had to vote immediately.

Questioned further, most said they hadn’t yet heard enough about either candidate to form an opinion about them.

The Siena Research Institute poll of 801 registered voters shows Schneiderman leading Donovan by 45 percent to 32 percent, with 63 percent saying they hadn’t yet formed an opinion of Schneiderman and 77 percent saying the same of Donovan. Both polls had a margin of error of just more than 3 percentage points.

They were released Wednesday and Thursday.