Congressional race heats up in Pennsylvania’s 8th district

    The fight is on, again, in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District. A new poll out today shows an incumbent Congressman Patrick Murphy of Bucks County far behind a well-known foe.

    The fight is on, again, in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District. A new poll out today shows an incumbent Congressman Patrick Murphy of Bucks County far behind a well-known foe.

    The latest Franklin and Marshall College poll shows Patrick Murphy, the first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress, trailing Republican opponent Mike Fitzpatrick – the man Murphy ousted in a tight election four years ago.

    Pollster Terry Madonna says Fitzpatrick has a significant lead.

    “He leads by 14 points among likely voters and if you broaden the study to include all registered voters in the District, he would have a lead by ten points. The problem I think that Representative Murphy has is that he’s a 100% Obama Democrat, voted for healthcare, voted for spending, and the President’s job performance has dropped precipitously in the district.”

    Madonna says as a former congressman, Fitzpatrick has good name recognition and a solid base of supporters in the district.

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