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Debate scheduled in NY House 26 race

BUFFALO — Three candidates running for New York’s open upstate congressional seat will debate for the first time next week.

Democrat Kathleen Hochul, Republican Jane Corwin and Tea Party candidate Jack Davis will meet in Buffalo May 12.

They and Green Party candidate Ian Murphy are competing in the 26th District vacated by Republican Christopher Lee. The special election is May 24.

An April Siena College poll showed Corwin leading Hochul 36 percent to 31 percent. Davis had 23 percent and Murphy, 1 percent. Murphy says he was excluded from the WGRZ-TV sponsored debate after insulting a WGRZ anchor on his Buffalo Beast blog. The station confirms the invitation was rescinded.

Lee resigned in February after a website published a shirtless photo sent to a woman he’d been flirting with on Craigslist.