Poll: Perez Williams leads Balter in Democratic primary race for Congress

Dana Balter and Juanita Perez Williams are running for the Democratic nomination for Congress (Provided Photos)

Juanita Perez Williams is leading Dana Balter by 13 points in the Democratic race for New York's 24th Congressional District.

According to a Siena College poll released Wednesday evening, Perez Williams holds a 45-32 percent lead over Balter among likely Democratic voters.

The poll found that Perez Williams leads by 31 points in the city of Syracuse. Balter performed better in other parts of the district — only trailing by 8 points.

The 24th Congressional District is made up of Onondaga, Cayuga, Wayne and part of Oswego counties.

Nearly a quarter of likely Democratic voters have yet to make up their mind, the poll also found.

The former Syracuse mayoral candidate's lead comes even as she was late to enter the race — announcing her candidacy in early April. Balter, a professor at Syracuse University, was made the designated Democratic candidate by all county Democratic committees back in February.

The two will face a primary election on June 26. The victor will take on incumbent Rep. John Katko in November.

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