Poll Shows Lamb Leading Rothfus with Double Digit Lead in New Congressional District

Lamb has 51% compared to Rothfus' 39%

Melinda Roeder
July 24, 2018 - 4:29 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A new poll shows that if the midterm election were today, Democrat Conor Lamb would have a substantial lead over Republican Keith Rothfus in Pennsylvania’s newly redrawn 17th Congressional District.  It’s the only district in the nation that pits two incumbents against one another.

Monmouth University conducted the poll, which shows 51% of likely voters support Lamb, compared to 39% who said they support Rothfus.  About 9% of voters responded that they are still undecided.

Pollster Patrick Murray says the key to Lamb’s success is widespread name recognition following the hotly contested special election that he won earlier this year.  He says Lamb has also successfully been able to distance himself from national Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi.

“There are a lot of registered Democrats out there who have been voting Republican in recent elections. Conor Lamb reminds them of the kind of Democrat they used to support,” says Murray.

Murray says the results are also indicative of a nationwide surge in enthusiasm among Democrats.

The new district includes a large portion of Allegheny County, including the suburbs in the south hills.  It also includes Beaver County and Cranberry Township, which is in Butler County.

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