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I haven't seen anyone report yet on polling data for this race.  It appears that while Paul Ryan is still leading by a comfortable margin in the Congressional Race for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, Rob Zerban is gaining on him.

Below is the link to the article:

If the November election for the First Congressional District were held today, Congressman Paul Ryan would probably win, according to new polling data released this week.

But, the numbers also say Democratic challenger Rob Zerban is gaining ground.

The polls were each commissioned by the Ryan and Zerban campaigns, respectively, and were released a day apart. Links to both polls can be found at

From Ryan's camp, Public Opinion Strategies' poll gives Ryan the nod, 58 to 33 percent. The poll was conducted after the Democratic National Convention, on Sept. 9 and 10, of 400 likely voters in the 1st District and has a 4.9 percent margin of error. Almost 70 percent of respondents, though, had never heard of Zerban.

"The poll shows voters in the 1st Congressional District support Congressman Ryan and his efforts to get our nation's debt under control and our economy growing," said Kevin Seifert, a Ryan campaign spokesperson, in an e-mail to Patch.

SURE.  Voters in the 1st Congressional District passionately support Congressman Ryan's efforts to get our nation's debt under control.  And Mitt Romney is Ronald Reagan son!

According to Rob Zerban's campaign, there's a different view:

Zerban's camp sees it a little differently.

"If 68 percent of people haven't heard of Rob, which isn't all that surprising since he isn't the vice presidential nominee, the fact that he gets 33 percent of the vote without putting money into ads really says something," said Karthik Ganapathy, communications director for the Zerban campaign. "We expect that when ads do start airing, that the percentage of people who recognize him will go up and the number of people voting for him will increase as well."

FM3 Research conducted a poll for Zerban and showed the challenger only eight points behind Ryan, 39 to 47 percent, after voters were read a profile statement about him. This poll was conducted before the Repubican National Convention, from August 21-29, of 404 likely voters in the First District and has a 4.9 margin of error.

"Democrat Rob Zerban remains a credible challenger. Following Romney’s choice of Ryan as his running mate and several weeks of extensive local and national media coverage, Ryan is unable to crack the 50 percent threshold," the poll statement reads.

Look, I know this isn't a tight race and Paul Ryan still enjoys a comfortable lead but really....  What are you guys waiting for?  Now's the time to start your effort to help Rob Zerban beat the lying Pinocchio known as Paul Ryan!



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Originally posted to pipsorcle on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 08:21 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Progressive Hippie.


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