Former New York state Sen. Hiram Monserrate, who was expelled from the Senate over a misdemeanor conviction for assaulting his girlfriend, has slim chances of re-taking his seat in a special election, according to a new poll.
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In the poll by Siena College, Monserrate, a former Democrat running on his own "Yes We Can" party line, is trailing to Democrat Jose Peralta by 45 points.
Peralta, an assemblyman, has the support of 60% of voters, according to the poll, followed by Monserrate's 15%. The Republican in the race, Robert Beltrani, has 9%. 15% are undecided.