Altmire Leads Critz by 24 in Own Poll
A poll conducted for Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire's campaign in his member-vs.-member primary race against fellow Democrat Mark Critz shows Altmire increasing his lead over the past two months, after the Critz campaign unsuccessfully tried to boot Altmire from the April 24 ballot.
Altmire leads Critz by 24 points, 55 percent to 31 percent, according to the poll, conducted earlier this week by the Democratic polling firm Anzalone Liszt Research. In a previously-released, mid-January Altmire internal poll, Altmire led Critz by a slightly smaller, 16-point margin, 50 percent to 34 percent.
The most recent Critz internal, conducted in early February by Global Strategy Group, showed Altmire leading by ten percentage points.
Altmire's new poll could help him turn the page after a difficult stretch in the campaign. Critz had challenged Altmire's petition signatures, claiming that signatures gathered by an Altmire staffer were invalid because the staffer lives in a different congressional district. A judge ruled earlier this month that Altmire should remain on the ballot, but the episode generated negative headlines and raised questions about Altmire's organization.