If you’re an upstart Democrat running against an entrenched Republican, this lede is the stuff of your dreams. Philadelphia Inquirer:
WASHINGTON – Is an upset brewing in South Jersey?
They’re talking about the Stockton College poll – out late yesterday, and the momentum it shows for Bill Hughes Jr.. LoBo’s lead is down to just 6 points over Bill Hughes Jr. with 18% of respondents coming up undecided or not expressing a choice. Eighteen? That’s a lot of room for movement now that voters are starting to pay attention.
Hughes’ CM Keith Rosendahl calls last night’s Stockton numbers “the most encouraging poll numbers for a Democratic challenger to Congressman LoBiondo in over twenty years.” LoBiondo’s changed in his couple decades in Congress, Rosendahl argues, “walking in lockstep with partisan leaders in a broken and irresponsible Congress for too long.”
The question will be the degree to which voters will lump backbencher LoBiondo into the catch-all of their disgust with Republicans vs. the pull of incumbency to mindlessly return him for another 4 undistinguished years. Team Hughes has to feel good that Americans’ disapproval of congressional Republicans is at a dismal 72%.