Democratic incumbents in battleground districts in Florida, Maryland and Virginia are in serious trouble, according to polling done for the National Republican Congressional Committee’s independent expenditure arm.
In Florida’s 24th district, Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D) trailed state Rep. Sandy Adams (R) by 10 points, according to an NRCC poll that was in the field Sept. 22 and 23. Adams led 49 percent to 39 percent in the survey of 400 likely voters. The poll was conducted by the GOP firm Fabrizio, Mclaughlin & Associates and had a 4.9-point margin of error.
The NRCC’s IE also polled the favorable/unfavorable ratings for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Barack Obama, since tying Democratic incumbents to party leaders is a central plank in the GOP’s advertising message. Pelosi had a 29 percent favorable to 59 percent unfavorable rating in the 24th district. Obama was viewed favorably by 37 percent and unfavorably by 56 percent of respondents.
In Maryland’s Eastern Shore-based 1st district, Rep. Frank Kratovil (D) trailed state Sen. Andy Harris (R) 39 percent to 43 percent, with 3 percent going to third-party candidates. The survey of 400 likely voters was conducted by the Republican firm OnMessage Inc. and was in the field Sept. 20 and 21. It had a 4.9-point margin of error.
In Virginia’s 2nd district, Rep. Glenn Nye (D) trailed car dealer Scott Rigell (R) by 5 points. The Congressman took 40 percent to Rigell’s 45 percent. Independent candidate Kenny Golden, a former Republican, took 7 percent. The survey of 400 likely voters was conducted Sept. 23-26 by the GOP firm Ayres, McHenry & Associates Inc. and had a 4.9-point margin of error.
A source with knowledge of the NRCC’s IE operation said Tuesday that the committee has now polled in more than 60 districts, including about 50 held by Democratic incumbents. The source said the average re-elect number among those 50 targeted Democrats is just 37 percent. Kosmas’ re-elect rating was 32 percent, Kratovil was at 36 percent, and Nye was at 38 percent.
Republicans are looking to refine their list of targets so they make the most strategic use of their resources given they likely have more opportunities than they can fund.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has been releasing polling results from its independent expenditure operation on a weekly basis since early September.
The latest survey by the DCCC IE focused on West Virginia’s 3rd district, where Rep. Nick Rahall (D) is facing former state Supreme Court Justice Spike Maynard (R). The poll, which was conducted by the Global Strategy Group, a Democratic firm, showed the Congressman ahead 55 percent to 37 percent. The survey of 411 likely voters was conducted Sept. 23-26 and had a 4.8-point margin of error.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.