A Tie in the 1st?
Frank Kratovil's campaign sent around a memo yesterday from their pollster claiming a slight lead in the hotly contested 1st Congressional District race against Republican Andy Harris. The Democratic state's attorney from Queen Anne's County leads the race in the traditionally Republican district 43-41, the memo says, which, given the 5-point margin of error, is really a tie. In a district basically designed to produce a Republican congressman, that would be pretty surprising.
There hasn't been any independent polling in this race recently, so there's no way of knowing how accurate this is. (The analysis in the memo -- "The poll clearly shows that Frank Kratovil's campaign of independent, common-sense change is generating strong bipartisan appeal among 1st CD residents" etc. -- doesn't exactly scream "objective.") On the other hand, there was a poll out yesterday showing Barack Obama up 2 in North Dakota, so who knows? Could be a big Democratic year.
Harris' top guy, Chris Meekins, isn't buying it. His response after the jump:
Our numbers show voters are learning Frank Kratovil is just another Liberal Democrat and the more people who know that, the worse Kratovil's numbers get.
Kratovil and his campaign has lost all credibility:
He said he was for the bailout on Monday, then said he opposed it on Tuesday.
He called just talking about tax cuts "irresponsible" in March, now he says he supports them.
He said "do not open new areas" to drilling in July, and now he says he wants to open new areas.
He said he supported the "amnesty" bill in Congress last year in January, now he says he will be tough on illegal immigration.
After seeing the misleading campaign ads, I am not surprised they would release a misleading poll.