Pittsburgh Live reports that Murtha is in a statistical tie with opponent Bill Russell. Russell trails by 4 points, within the poll’s margin of error of 4.9 points.
It appears that many in Pennsylvania were put off by Murtha’s reference to his constituents being racist. Later he clarified his statement and called them rednecks. He put his foot in his mouth before saying that Marines were killing Iraqi civilians in cold blood (apparently a big reason Russell chose to run against him).
54% of those polled said that they are ready for a change and 35% said Murtha deserved to be re-elected. Murtha won by 20 points in 2006. This election looks to be quite a change with a serious challenge in Russell (a veteran himself).
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