A blog on progressive news and politics on both the California and Nevada sides of Lake Tahoe which aims at helping to elect Democrats and Turn Tahoe Blue. The blog is written from Germany by a former German exchange student at George Whittell High School in Zephyr Cove, Nevada.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

New Poll: Derby Tied With Heller!

An internal poll for the Derby campaign has Jill Derby tied with Dean Heller for the first time. From the Derby for Congress press release:

A new poll conducted earlier this month on the race for Nevada’s Second Congressional District put Democrat Jill Derby and her Republican opponent Dean Heller tied at 40 percent.

The poll of 400 likely general election voters in the district included a 14 percent Republican registration advantage with the sample made up of 48 percent Republicans and 34 percent Democrats. Derby campaign manager David Cohen said this poll is particularly reflective of the district because so many more Republican voters were surveyed.

“Jill has the momentum behind her. Heller has lost ground since our last poll in September,’ Cohen said. “When you look at voters in the poll who know both candidates, she takes more than half the vote.”

Derby is pleased with the latest poll numbers.

“Voters know that I’m concerned about the things that matter to them and that I will be an independent voice,” Derby said. “People are fed up with career politicians and they want change in Congress. And they know I’m the candidate for change.”

It's an internal poll, so you have to take these numbers with a grain of salt. That said, I'd just like to remind everyone that the Heller campaign thus far has not released any internal polling (if they have done any) and that a poll commissioned by the Republican National Campaign Committee at the end of August was never released either. Instead, they sent President Bush to fundraise for Heller. Makes you wonder whether the poll results prompted them to do so.

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