Courtney also acknowledged that his campaign's internal polls jive with new numbers being touted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which a spokeswoman last week insisted "look very good" for the challenger.
When 2nd District voters were asked whether the country was on the "right track" or "wrong track," the spokeswoman said, 70 percent responded that the nation was headed in the "wrong" direction while 22 percent said it was on the "right track." The committee didn't release further details of the survey, including the number of people polled, and when the poll was conducted.
The DCCC also cited President Bush's especially poor performance rating from voters in the district - 65 percent unfavorable to 26 percent favorable - and said its polling suggests that Courtney now leads Simmons by a single percentage point, 41 percent to 40 percent. (Michak)
Now, this is a DCCC poll, so take it with a shaker of salt. But if the poll is anything close to being accurate, and the closeness of recent 2nd District races suggest it is, then this is going to be another close one. Which we knew already. The Courtney camp is pretty thrilled, however, saying in a press release that "A challenger leading this early is unprecedented in the Second Congressional District."
If Courtney's ahead, that's pretty good for a campaign that has yet to make much noise. Expect Simmons to respond forcefully--he has thus far thrived in close races.
Michak, Don. "Close Simmons/Courtney rematch likely to get even more heated." Journal-Inquirer 5 September, 2006.