A new Franklin & Marshall College poll has Republican Mayor Lou Barletta leading incumbent Congressman Paul Kanjorski by 9 points.
Barletta is leading Kanjorski 44 percent to 35 percent, with 21 percent undecided, according to the poll of 547 registered voters in their northeastern Pennsylvania congressional district.
F&M hasn't posted the poll on it's website yet and that 21% undecided number jumps out at me. I'll check out the cross tabs and methodology when they are available.
Barletta is thrilled:
"Those results seem to coincide with what I've been hearing all across the 11th Congressional District: The hard-working people of northeastern Pennsylvania want a new congressman. They are tired of the same old, embarrassing antics and the dismal lack of leadership in Congress and they want change."
Kanjo spokesman Ed Mitchell (yes, he's still with us) casts doubt on the numbers:
Kanjorski campaign spokesman Ed Mitchell dismissed the poll. He said the sample was weighted too heavily to voters 65 and older and did not reflect voting patterns in the district where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 2-1 margin.
"We are confident the voters will choose Paul Kanjorski, who has a record of standing up for working people in northeastern Pennsylvania, instead of Lou Barletta, who sides with George Bush's policies that have driven our economy into the ground."
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