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A new poll has Democratic Congressional candidate Bennion Spencer within 9 points of Republican Jason Chaffetz in Utah's third district.

If the election were held today Jason Chaffetz would receive 39 percent, Bennion Spencer would receive 30 percent, with 31 percent of voters undecided.

The poll of 400 registered third district voters was conducted by Anthony Brown & Associates Sept. 22-24 and has a margin of error of 4.9 percent.

An earlier poll showed, conducted the week after the Republican National Convention, showed Chaffetz with a commanding lead of 60-18. However, in the weeks following the poll, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News published articles criticizing Chaffetz' immigration policy of 'tent cities for illegal immigrants' which has seemingly eroded Chaffetz' lead. Congressman Mike Honda and the Japanese American Citizens League have issued statements criticizing Chaffetz' immigration policy.

Spencer this week also picked up endorsements from Congressman Jim Matheson, the United Educators Association and the highly coveted National Farmers Union. While considered a very red district, much of Utah's third district is rural, with a highly agricultural-based economy.

The independent poll was conducted by polling voters in seven counties based on the total number of votes cast in Utah's third district Congressional race in the last Presidential election year. Nearly 273,000 voters cast ballots in the 2004 general election Congressional race in Utah's third district. 48 percent (130,465) of those votes were cast in Salt Lake County, 43 percent (116,487) in Utah County, 3 percent in San Pete (8,282) and Sevier (7,491), 2 percent in Millard (4,805), and 1 percent (2,929) in Juab and Beaver (2,465) respectively. (Source)

Based on the percentage of 2004 voters per county, 192 voters were polled in Salt Lake County, 174 in Utah County, 12 in Sevier and San Pete counties, 8 in Millard, and 1 each in Beaver and Juab counties.

Party affiliation was not a consideration in determining voters polled.

Please donate to Bennion Spencer for Congress.

Originally posted to Alex 2012 on Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 12:04 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Yes we can! (4+ / 0-)
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    Alex 2012, ballerina X, mofembot, Jazione

    Nothing more to say than that

    SeattleDanny Election 2008: YouTube versus feeding tube

    by SeattleDanny on Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 12:06:08 PM PDT

  •  Hey, that is amazing (0+ / 0-)

    That district is solid Republican and encompasses some  of reddest areas of the entire country.

    Woo Hoo!

  •  This race (2+ / 0-)
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    ballerina X, Jazione

    has shown up around here quite a bit lately.  It could be a great surprise win with that crazy number of undecideds.  What is that, a bunch of people trying to determine whether it's ok to vote for a Democrat over a wacko?  

    I support Barack America and his trusted sidekick Joe Delaware!

    by socratic on Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 12:09:18 PM PDT

  •  YES! (3+ / 0-)
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    Alex 2012, ballerina X, Jazione

    Great news! Keep up the good work Bennion!

    I'm a registered Republican in Provo. I've never voted for a Dem in my life until now, and I'm not the only one. Bennion can win this race, but he needs everyone to donate to him.

    Please send his $20.

    If you guys do your part, us 3rd district voters will do ours.

  •  I sent Spencer $100 (3+ / 0-)
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    Alex 2012, ballerina X, Jazione

    Unfortunately, I live in UT-2 so I can't vote for Spencer but his district boundary is just a few blocks away from my house.

    I love Bennion Spencer.  He's an openly religious LDS guy with a name that just screams "I am a Utah Mormon!" and he's going around giving speeches connecting Democratic social justice values with Mormon social-justice values.

    His district includes Provo/Orem where Brigham Young University is-- it's about 90% Mormon-- so religion is important.  

    The immigration thing has made Chaffetz seem very mean spirited.  Many Mormons go abroad on missions so in general they are not xenophobic. There was a Japanese internment camps at Topaz, Utah so people here are aware of just what a horrible idea it is to inter Mexicans.

    Matheson, BTW is very, very  popular in Utah.  He's only about 1/2 a Democrat, but then, people in Utah still support GW Bush.  The fact that Matheson endorsed Spencer may actually carry some weight.

    Here's hoping.

  •  Good to see a UT County Republican on board (3+ / 0-)
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    ballerina X, luckylizard, Jazione

    Tell your GOP friends to get on board man. Bennion is strong in SL County, but need all the help he can get our in Provo and Orem and Spanish Fork.

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