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GOP Poll Underscores Competitiveness of Israel's District

A new GOP poll underscores the competitiveness of the seat Israel is vacating. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Democratic Rep. Steve Israel announced his retirement earlier this year, he said he wanted to leave Congress during a presidential year to give Democrats a greater shot at holding his seat.  

But Republicans are pointing to new poll commissioned by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC tied to House GOP leadership, and obtained by Roll Call to underscore the competitiveness of his district.