by Craig Dimitri

On Friday afternoon, October 27, Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy released an internal campaign poll to the media, regarding his race against U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R).  Fitzpatrick is seeking re-election for the first time in Pennsylvania’s 8th District, which is comprised mainly of Bucks County, in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia.

The poll, which was conducted by Global Strategy Group, asserts that Murphy leads Fitzpatrick by 2%, 45%-43%, with 12% undecided.  According to Global Strategy, it has a 4.9% margin of error, and was taken by sampling 406 people between October 14-16.  (In other words, if the poll is accurate-

there is a 95% chance that the race is a “statistical tie”.  If the lead for one candidate is less than the margin of error, it is a dead heat, a toss-up.) 

According to Murphy’s press release:

“Patrick Murphy is talking to voters every day — knocking on doors, at the train stations or at community events – momentum is building for Patrick’s campaign,” said Carrie James, the campaign’s communications director.  “Members of this community are ready for a change in direction and this poll shows that undecided voters are breaking Patrick’s way.”   

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