MD-Sen: Steele Struggling
by Chris Bowers, Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 11:14:30 AM EST
Now July Cardin 49 45 Steele 41 50 Mfume 44 40 Steele 45 46This is only part of the story, however. Steele is sruggling in this poll despite a couple of seemingly big advantages. Notably, he has both a higher name ID than Cardin (76% to 63%), and a better favorable rating (+12 to +5). And yet he is still losing. I mean, when you are losing despite holding those advatnages, it beats the hell out of me as to how you come back. (Of course, I imagine that not being a wingnut in a deep blue state would probably help).
But wait, that's not all! This pol also seems to be skewed in favor of Republicans. The poll indicates that Bush has a 38% job approval in Maryland. Since July, Survey USA has consistently found Bush's Maryland approval to be lower than that, including 32-65 in November, and 33-64 in October. Thus, even with a more favroable sampling pool, Rasmussen find Steele struggling.
Oh yeah--and Steele is well behind in the money race too. The Demcoratic primary in Maryland is starting to look a lot more interesting than a potential Cardin-Steele matchup. With trends like these, it is starting to seem pretty clear that Mfume could take Steele down as well.