New survey shows Kratovil down 3 points
The latest independent survey in Maryland's 1st congressional district shows a tight contest, with freshman Rep. Frank Kratovil (D) trailing state Sen. Andrew Harris (R) by 3 points.
The poll -- taken by Penn Schoen & Berland as part of a series of surveys commissioned by The Hill and the American National Gas Association -- found Harris leading Kratovil among likely voters, 43 percent to 40 percent, with 15 percent still undecided. The survey, which was conducted Sept. 28-30, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.
Kratovil is running competitively even though the 1st district, which includes the Eastern Shore and the suburbs north and south of Baltimore, is tough territory for Democrats. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won the district by 19 points in the 2008 presidential race, and the new survey put President Obama's job approval rating there at 38 percent. Congress overall scored a 19 percent approval rating.
An internal survey released by Kratovil's campaign last month showed the Democrat leading by 6 points.
| October 7, 2010; 10:27 AM ET
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