A new independent poll shows Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) leading his opponent by only five points, just a week after he suggested residents of western Pennsylvania are racist.
Forty-six percent of voters in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district said they supported Murtha, while 41 percent voiced support for his Republican challenger, retired Army Lt. Col. Bill Russell. Eight percent of voters said they were undecided, 4 percent said they preferred another candidate, and 1 percent refused to answer.
Murtha has found himself in hot water after telling the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that there is “no question” western Pennsylvania is racist. Murtha subsequently apologized, only to make another controversial statement about his constituents earlier this week.
“This whole area, years ago, was really redneck” Murtha told a Pittsburgh television news affiliate earlier this week.
And his Republican competition is getting airtime as the result of Murtha’s comments.
“When you have folks that are of rural persuasions that live in these areas, I think it’s a very unfair description of the people,” Russell said Wednesday on Fox News’s “Hannity & Colmes.”
“Right now … there’s one [poll] that shows us ahead, and there are some more that are coming out here that, I think, will shock you” Russell said. “We’ve had a number of calls, people approaching saying they’re just absolutely outraged, and they are fully intending to vote against Mr. Murtha.”
The article goes on to talk about the money advantage Murtha has over Russell. Want to help Russell defeat Murtha, who has held that 12th district seat since 1973? Click here.
The GOP probably won’t have that many big victories to brag about the day after election day, but I’d love for this one to be an exception to the rule.
Update – 6:47 PM: MM has info on a new poll which shows Russell up by 13. Wow! Hope this is a sign of things to come