The two Democrats were drawn into the same western Pennsylvania district by the Republican-controlled state legislature, which was forced to eliminate one of the state's congressional districts following the 2010 reapportionment. The Altmire internal poll models a Democratic primary electorate next month in which Altmire currently represents 64 percent of likely voters, and Altmire wins among those voters by 61 points. The poll was conducted March 12-14, surveying 400 likely Democratic primary voters. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 4.9 percentage points.
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