Earlier today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fired another shot in what has been a back-and-forth affair in PA-12 by releasing an internal poll indicating a 10-point advantage for Rep. Mark Critz (D-Cambria) over his opponent, Keith Rothfus.
According to the new Anzalone Liszt Research poll released by the DCCC, Critz leads 50 to 40 in the conservative-leaning 12th district, surpassing the 50 percent “safe incumbent” threshold.
The last Dem poll gave Critz a 44 percent to 38 percent lead, meaning his lead has increased by 4 points in a little over three weeks.
“It’s clear that Mark Critz has established himself as a strong independent leader who will stand up for middle class western Pennsylvanians,” Northeast Press Secretary of the DCCC Josh Schwerin said in a press release.
“Voters are rejecting millionaire corporate lawyer Keith Rothfus who wants to abandon the middle class by slashing Medicare while giving tax breaks to millionaires and corporations shipping jobs overseas.
Since the poll was conducted by the Democrats, its results should, of course, be taken with a grain of salt.
Rothfus’s Campaign Manager Jonathan Raso completely dismissed the results of the poll, saying that voters in PA-12 won’t buy into the destructive economic policies of Critz and President Obama that led to 9.3 percent unemployment in Cambria County.
“If the liberal democrats behind the Critz campaign are actually satisfied with their poll, they should release it in its entirety including cross tabs,” Raso said in an email.
“Why does Congressman Critz think we should keep him and President Obama in Washington when he has so badly failed the 12th district, and when we at home are so desperately in need of a change in direction?”
Despite Raso’s statement, the poll shows the President trailing Romney by 9 points in the district, 51 percent to 42.
The same poll shows voters splitting their tickers, however, sending Casey back to the Senate over his GOP challenger Tom Smith by a 51 percent to 43 percent margin.
Here is the polling memo: