February 10, 2006

AS THE QUESTION BECOMES HOW MANY SEATS DO REPUBLICANS ADD...:

Rendell, Swann in dead heat (David M. Brown, February 10, 2006, Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW)

Republican challenger Lynn Swann has caught Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, a new Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/WTAE-Channel 4 Keystone poll shows.

Swann, who trailed Rendell by 20 points five months ago, has jumped to within three points -- a statistical tossup. More than half -- 54 percent -- of voters questioned believe it is time for a change in the governor's office. About two in five -- 39 percent -- said they believe Rendell deserves re-election.


Small sample, high error margin, too much fun not to note.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 10, 2006 10:23 AM
Comments

Post Super Bowl bounce for Swann. If the Steelers get off to an 8-1 or 9-0 start going into Election Day in November, it proves Karl Rove's got his hooks into the NFL.

Posted by: John at February 10, 2006 11:24 AM

I'll go place bets on the Steelers right now for 2006:)

Posted by: Brad S at February 10, 2006 1:06 PM

The real question is if Swan can drag Santorum with him.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at February 10, 2006 4:44 PM

Polls early in a race are usually a reflection of name recognition. Swann has it so he is close to Rendell. Over the course of the summer and early fall it will begin to boil down to positions and ads.

I hope Swann's electoral fate isn't tied to the Steelers status in October - too many variables.

Posted by: AWW at February 10, 2006 8:45 PM

Swann will have to live or die in the end on his own campagin positions and how he comes across as a potential governor to the state's voters -- even Arnold and Jesse Ventura had to show some sort of competence before they were elected. But were the Steelers to defeat the Colts or Patriots on the Sunday or Monday before Election Day, it probably wouldn't be the worst thing for a pro-Swann turnout in Western Pennsylvania.

Posted by: John at February 10, 2006 10:35 PM
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