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Helfer Says Poll Showing Brown with Big Lead Is Flawed

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – While accepting an endorsement from the region's largest business organization, Buffalo mayoral candidate Kevin Helfer says he's not worried about a recent poll that shows him far behind opponent Byron Brown.

Both candidates picked up a new round of endorsements Wednesday. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership endorsed Republican Helfer, while the CSEA Western Region, which represents Erie County workers, is backing Democrat Brown. The CSEA says Brown is the best candidate for the job because of his dedication to issues affecting public workers. The Partnership says Helfer has the right plan to change the culture at City Hall and improve the way it conducts business.

But a recent Zogby Poll showed Brown with massive lead over Helfer. The poll of 504 registered voters had Brown leading 60 percent to Helfer's 19 percent. But Helfer says he's not worried, and believes he will be able to make up the difference between now and November. In fact, Helfer says he believes the polls are flawed.

"It was wrong. It was wrong from the beginning," Helfer said. "I know our numbers and I know exactly where we are trending, and where we are going. I feel very comfortable in this race. It was a shot to the gut, but you get right back up and battle."

But when WBFO News asked Helfer why he believes the poll was flawed, he would not elaborate.

"I'm not going to get into that detail, but I know our numbers and I know them very well," Helfer said. "With all due respect to Mr. Zogby, I'm not going to tell you where the poll is flawed, but we know it is. I know my numbers are trending in the right direction. If I believed the number in that poll, I wouldn't be here today."

Thursday night, all four mayoral candidates will meet in a second televised debated hosted by Channel 7 and "Artvoice" at HSBC Arena.