The statement they issued (here) prior to the release of the Siena poll is attempting to brace people for something they are not prepared to deal with in reality - it will be closer than they like.
"Since John McHugh's confirmation, Dede has been under constant attack by her opponents and their special-interest backers;Ok, so what is their point? That is how campaigns are run; you promote yourself and attack your opponent or preferably their positions. If the opponent is controlling the message and your poll numbers are closer than they would like, then do something about it, CONTROL THE MESSAGE!
Dede's opponents and their supporters have already aired hundreds-of-thousands of dollars of television advertisements;"
The people in the Scozzafava campaign need to drop their training wheels and start running a campaign.