Skip to comments.Oregon Senate poll: Merkley(RAT), 43%; Smith, 41%
Posted on 07/16/2008 9:19:03 PM PDT by Impy
Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Merkley is excited by a new poll that for the first time shows him ahead of Republican Sen. Gordon Smith - even if the two-point lead is well within the survey's margin of error. Jeff Merkley
"The fact that we're in the lead is tremendous," said Merkley spokesman Matt Canter, saying he thinks that's probably the first time Smith has found himself in such a position in his nearly 12 years in the Senate.
However, Smith's own pollster, Bob Moore, said he didn't trust the methodology of the poll by Rasmussen Reports. It uses an automated voice system to question respondents, which he called a "flawed methodology."
Still, Rasmussen and the other big automated polltaker, SurveyUSA, have had a pretty decent track record in predicting races and are becoming increasingly accepted in political circles. If nothing else, the survey will undoubtedly get passed around political circles as evidence of the strength of Merkley's challenge against Smith.
The July 15 telephone survey of 500 respondents found 43 percent for Merkley and 41 percent for Smith, with a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points. If voters leaning to one
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Another article says this poll is first Smith has ever trailed in. This could be ‘58 all over again.
The Rats are doing a pretty good job of shooting themselves in the foot by refusing to lift the off-shore drilling ban.
That’s the only real hope for Republicans this year.
Agreed though, this is not good.
Which one is the republican?
as long as we lose rinos I really dont care. the gop didnt even bother to run a candidate for arkansas’ 2nd district.
Gordon Smith, R-Or, spoke on the Senate floor today and said it was time to bring the troops home from Iraq. "I, for one, am at the end of my rope." Senator Smith said. Kieth Olbermann had a great quote in his newscast "Countdown." He said "Mr. Smith goes to....his conscience." Senator Smith continued saying "We have paid a price in blood and treasure." He also stated "I've tried to be a good soldier" but expressed that he could no longer. Of the way the war has been waged by the President thus far he said "that is absurd. It may even be criminal. I cannot support that anymore." Thank you very much, Mr. Smith. He also said we need to find a way to fight the war on terror, "and do it right." Sounds quite abit like what John Kerry has been saying.
No loss good riddence with thee.
Smith opposes drilling in ANWR, and, I think, probably offshore too. He has been increasingly a RINO, and so the base may just skip the Senate race as a result.
It’s hard to tell from their records. Ssmith has an (R) by his name but I don’t think it really has any legs.
Smith is a sellout valueless scum bag....I’d rather have Joe Stalin as my Senator.
When you have to choose between an anti-war, anti-drilling Dem and an anti-war, anti-drilling RhinoCrat go with the real Rat. Good Riddance Gordon.
Pray for W and Our Troops
Yeah it is a loss. Socialist scum are worse. They could gain a 60 seat majority.
If that happens it won’t matter who is President.
Gut tells me Smith will still pull it out.
Republican Sen. Gordon Smith's own pollster, Bob Moore, said he didn't trust the methodology of the poll by Rasmussen Reports.It's Oregon, and the Pubbie call for drilling is bound to have some impact.
Don’t kid yourself. Oregonians do not like walking long distances in the rain or snow any more than folks from other states. I’ve been up here since 1969, moved from Oregon across the Columbia River to Washington in 1999.