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Maryland's 6th District Race Neck-And-Neck Maryland's 6th District Race Neck-And-Neck

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Maryland's 6th District Race Neck-And-Neck

One of the few House races where a Democrat could unseat a longtime Republican is closer than perhaps anyone would have thought.

A new Baltimore Sun poll shows that Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett and Democrat John Delaney are locked in a statistical dead heat at the moment: 41 percent of likely voters surveyed said they're supporting Bartlett, while 42 percent said they support Delaney.

As I'll note in this Thursday's National Journal Daily, Maryland's newly drawn 6th District boundaries cut conservative areas out and added liberal areas in such a way that most have anticipated a Democrat to unseat the 12-term Republican incumbent.

Delaney has to introduce himself to voters across the district, not just the newly-added parts, which is where Bartlett has to increase his name recognition. 

Delaney has penetrated even typically conservative areas of Western Maryland, such as Hagerstown. For instance, at a recent debate in that town, Delaney supporters were out in full force and well organized, cheering loudly for their candidate and manning a table with campaign literature well before the event. 

A similar table from the Bartlett campaign didn't pop up until right before the debate, and even afterward, few if any campaign volunteers were around.

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