Kathleen Kane continues to lead the race for Pennsylvania Attorney General according to a poll published today by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Kane, a Democrat and former prosecutor from Lackawanna County, leads her Republican opponent Dave Freed by a margin of 11 points. Freed is the Cumberland County District Attorney.
35 percent of the likely voters surveyed said they were planning to vote for Kane, while 5 percent are leaning her way. 24 percent are voting for Freed, with likewise 5 percent leaning his way.
She’s remained ahead since her high-profile primary win over former Congressman Patrick Murphy in April. Her campaign spent approximately $2 million on television ads; Freed has not yet been on TV.
The margin is wider than the next most recent poll of the race, a July 26 survey from Public Policy Polling. Then Kane lead by just 7 points, 41 percent to 34 percent.
The top law and order issue in PA this year is undoubtedly the case of Jerry Sandusky. Both candidates have boasted of their history of prosecuting child predators. But another number in today’s poll might give Kane the inside track. 61 percent of voters disapprove of the way that former Attorney General now Governor Tom Corbett handled the Sandusky investigation, 38 percent strongly so. Corbett and Freed are close political allies.
The survey was conducted by the Republican firm National Research Inc. and the Democratic firm Global Strategy Group. The pollsters surveyed 601 likely voters via live calls from August 21 through 23. The margin of error is +/1 4 percent.