Skip to main content

I reported two weeks ago today that Rep. Melissa Hart, Rick Santorum's evil twin sister in Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional District, conducted a poll 3 weeks earlier (5, at this point) but had yet to release the results.

Now we know why: she is petrified of what she found.

According to a new poll conducted for Jason Altmire, Hart's Democratic challenger, by Anzalone-Liszt Research, Altmire is now at 48-44 - in favor of Hart, but within the 4.9% margin of error.

This is truly a remarkable turn of events. As I've explained in previous posts, there were some early indications that this could be a real race, including a poll a few months ago that put the contest at 55-39 in Hart's favor. That result came despite Altmire running no media ads (YET) and having little name recognition outside of local Pa. political circles.

However, Altmire has been waging a fierce -- and very traditional -- ground war, meeting with local leaders and canvassing key neighborhoods throughout the entire district.

But Altmire has been bringing in some good money. He had a good last quarter and my understanding is that he is continuing to bring in money - even from some Republicans - at an excellent clip.  

In the very near future, that money will be used to start whatever kind of media blitz can be bought with the money he has on hand - which, admittedly, will be significantly less than what Hart will have in her coffers.

The most important point here is this: For the first time since she was elected to the House, Hart has a real race on her hands. And that's a very sad statement, because the majority of registered voters in PA-04 are Democrats.

BUT, it also means that, with a respectable amount of money and some committed volunteers, Altmire can get out the Democratic vote and win this election.

Altmire has serious health care expertise, including having served on President Clinton's health care task force in the early 1990s. To enter this race, he quit what was likely a darn good paying gig as the chief government/community relations guy for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the largest health care organization in western Pa. by far. Pittsburgh is a small city. Gigs like that are few and far between here. So Altmire's in it to win it.

Altmire is pro-life, but strongly in favor of greater funding for embryonic stem cell research, and for moving toward universal health care. While he has not been as outspoken on Iraq as I'd say most of us might like, when he does talk about it, he hits all of the right notes.

The last financial reporting cycle ends on Sept. 30. So if you're on ActBlue and you have an extra $10 or $20 (or more!), throw it Jason Altmire's way. Given these most recent poll results, it may send one more rubber stamper packing.

Originally posted to Whigsboy on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 05:28 AM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Buy ads on cable (4+ / 0-)

    As Kos wrote recently, less expensive, more focused...

    Darcy Burner for Congress WA-08

    by Alan Arizona on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 05:46:34 AM PDT

  •  This is great news! (0+ / 0-)

    I'm originally from Hermitage, which is on the northern border of PA-04, located in PA-03, in the community known as the Shenango Valley.  The Shenango Valley was split between PA-03 and PA-04, putting Farrell, PA on the northern edge of a district that snakes eighty miles southward into Pittsburgh.  Nothing against Pittsburgh (go, Stillers!) but this renders Farrell somewhat irrelevant, and doesn't do much to inspire the folks there to vote.

    Melissa Hart doesn't care about the busted old industrial town of Farrell, nor about the rest of the Shenango Valley (which is represented by Bush drone Phil English, who doesn't care about it, either.)  I hope that in 2011 we can undo this gerrymander and reunite the Shenango Valley.  And I hope you guys oust Melissa Hart this year!  (I'd love to see Phil English go, too, but first things first...)

    A conservative is just a liberal who hasn't needed a second chance yet.

    by Larry McAwful on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:39:13 AM PDT

  •  I met Altmire yesterday (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Whigsboy

    I am very impressed.  He came to a gathering of about 15 dems in Franklin Park to answer questions and he is the real deal.

    For those who dont know, those  15 of the 20 or so total democrats in Franklin Park.

    •  good to hear (0+ / 0-)

      If you're having future meetings, let me know. I have been unable to attend every event at which Altmire has been scheduled - I guess two young kids and two working parents will create those sort of scheduling conflicts :D

      Life is too short to eat undelicious food. Sample a Lusty Bit @ http://lustybit.blogspot.com

      by Whigsboy on Wed Sep 27, 2006 at 05:03:45 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site