Rep. Frank Kratovil trails Andy Harris in a recent poll of likely First District voters in next year’s election–according to Harris, at least.
In a message to his mailing list Monday titled, “New Poll in First District Congressional Race Shows Kratovil in Serious Trouble – Andy Harris Already Has A Clear Lead,” Harris claimed to hold 52 percent of “likely voters” compared to 39 percent for Kratovil.
The poll was commissioned by Harris’ campaign and conducted by national Republican polling firm The Tarrance Group from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17. A total of 300 “likely voters” were surveyed.
“Frank Kratovil’s weakness in this district might seem startling but it is backed up by a poor image and a low re-elect score,” The Terrance Group wrote in a memo about the poll. “While Kratovil is well-known, only 43 percent of the voters hold a favorable image and 30 percent are unfavorable toward him.”
Harris narrowly lost to Kratovil last year following a heated primary race against incumbent Wayne Gilchrest. He may face stiff opposition this year from state Sen. E.J. Pipkin, who has not decided whether to enter the race.
Here’s the message Harris sent out to his mailing list:
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving this past weekend.
There is great news in my race to take the First Congresssional seat back from the tax-and-spend party of Pelosi.
Likely voters in the First District were polled the week before Thanksgiving. Like all Americans, they were concerned about the economy and what the Democrats in Washington were doing.
If the election were held today, I would beat Frank Kratovil 52-39%. Click on this link to read the original poll memo from the Tarrance Group, one of the leading national polling firms that also does the well-known “Battleground Poll”.
This is exciting. With just 11 months to go until Election Day, we all have a lot of work to do if we want to take the country back from the crowd in Washington.
You can visit my new campaign web site at www.andyharris.com Please let me know what you think. You can also sign up at the website to volunteer for the campaign. Or you can contribute to the campaign at www.DrHarrisForCongress.com
I’m looking forward to seeing you on the campaign trail throughout the First District!