First Posted at Scrutiny Hooligans
Just a few days ago the results of the Anzalone-Liszt poll, commissioned by the Shuler campaign, had Shuler ahead of Taylor by a 45% to 43% margin. Yesterday an independent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling confirmed that Heath Shuler is ahead of Taylor in NC-11.
"If the election were held today, voters say they would elect Democratic Challenger Heath Shuler, 46% to a 42%. When leaners are added the margins remain at 4 percent, 49% to 45%."
"PPP surveyed 687 likely Eleventh District voters on May 22. The survey has a margin of error of [plus or minus] 3.7%."
Embattled Congressman Charles Taylor is behind in a pair of polls just under six months before the election. Previous to these polls, Taylor hadn't trailed in a poll since he became a Congressman in 1990.
The constituents of NC-11 don't trust Charles Taylor anymore. They've seen the good jobs leave the region. They've heard Taylor's doubletalk on CAFTA, the Forest Selloff, Jack Abramoff, and underfunding the Blue Ridge Parkway. Taylor's days are numbered.
Like a wounded animal, Taylor will soon attack Shuler viciously. He has used lying attack ads in every campaign, and there's no reason to expect he'll suddenly evolve into a clean campaigner. Soon you'll hear Taylor's attack machine growling with poorly produced television ads and misleading radio spots. Watch for it.
Heath Shuler, on the other hand, is keeping his powder dry while shoe-leather campaigning in the rural western counties. His integrity and energy serve to emphasize Taylor's corruption and desperation.