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Internal Poll Shows Runyan Leads Adler by 16 Points

Adler campaign: race is still competitive

Staffers with Congressman Jon Runyan's re-election campaign touted an internal poll that gave the incumbent Republican a 16 point lead over Democratic challenger Shelley Adler, though the Adler campaign dismissed the poll as a "work of fiction."

The internal poll, conducted by private polling firm McLaughlin & Associates and released by the campaign Tuesday, shows Runyan topping Adler 51 percent to 34 percent, with Runyan receiving a quarter of the Democratic vote compared with Adler receiving just 8 percent of the Republican vote.

Runyan campaign spokesman Chris Russel said the congressman's support from several key labor unions helped boost his numbers with registered Democrats.

Adler's campaign disputed the poll.

"Those poll numbers are a work of fiction," Adler campaign spokesman Michael Muller told Patch.

Muller said the Adler campaign has not done any recent internal polling, but outside polls show the race is competitive and "we are within striking distance."

The national arm of the Democratic party identified the race as being potentially competitive early on, providing the Adler camp with an influx of funding through its "Red to Blue" program.

Adler recently began running television commercials themed around Runyan's former career as a professional football player. A new commercial titled "Free Agent" was released Tuesday, using the football theme to link Runyan to policies that lead to oursourcing.

Russel said in a statement that Adler's negative ads were "backfiring" and voters who counted "taxes, spending and debt" among their top issues favored the Republican by a 23 point margin.

Smith October 10, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Send Obstructionists to Congress, Vote Republican. Runyon didn't support Vets Jobs Bill, Runyan wants to eliminate Seniors $600/yr prescription rebate. Runyon supports Ryan's turning Medicare into Vouchercare which limits Seniors Medical Care.
foggyworld March 21, 2013 at 05:29 PM
It is really going to be a nose holding experience for people to re-elect another local Republican. Right now that incestuous group is focused on taking down the middle class for the benefit of themselves and the one percenters. What has this chap done to distance himself from the ruling, unjust party? And I'm not a Democrat but one fed up Independent who sees that We the People in need are receiving not even compassion from those on high.
foggyworld March 21, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Bingo, Bayway Mike!
foggyworld March 21, 2013 at 05:32 PM
How is it welfare when we were forced to pay in to that plan that Lyndon Johnson started to rob a long, long time ago. Had our SS withholding been invested conservatively, the fund today would be whole. Mr. Runyan needs glasses at the very least so he can pick up a history book and see just how very wrong he is.
foggyworld March 21, 2013 at 05:35 PM
If more people would snap out of it and vote Independently this nation might have a chance of getting out from under. Neither of the two major parties represent middle class America and we ought to vote accordingly to get them out.

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