Pennsylvania: Mark Critz Poll Shows Him Trailing Jason Altmire by 10 Points
Posted at 12:38 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2012
A poll conducted for Rep. Mark Critz showed him trailing a fellow Democratic Member. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Rep. Mark Critz’s (D) campaign released an internal polling memo today that showed him trailing his opponent, Rep. Jason Altmire (D), by 10 points.
Altmire led Critz, 47 percent to 37 percent, in the survey.
Keystone State Republicans moved Critz and Altmire into the same southwestern district when they redrew the Congressional map last year. Pennsylvania lost a House seat following reapportionment.
The geographical breakdown of the redrawn district favors Altmire. Forty-seven percent of primary voters polled are familiar with Critz, while 71 percent of primary voters are familiar with Altmire, according to the polling memo.
Critz’s pollsters, Jefrey Pollock and Joe Hickerson, wrote in the memo that “the race is essentially tied” with “voters who are already familiar with both candidates.”
The Global Strategy Group poll surveyed 400 likely Democratic primary voters Feb. 2-5. The margin of error was 4.9 points.
The primary is scheduled for April 24. But Pennsylvania GOP leaders say the primary could be delayed because they have to redraw the state legislative maps.