Rumors of Poll Numbers: Merkley within 6%?

Over at MyDD, blogger Jonathan Singer (an Oregonian) adds some additional detail to the publicly-released poll data from the DSCC.

According to Singer's sources, Gordon Smith is under 50% in a head-to-head matchup with Jeff Merkley:

According to this Democratic polling, Smith is well below 50 percent in a head-to-head matchup against potential Democratic challenger Jeff Merkley, who currently serves as Speaker of the State House (the first Democratic Speaker in the state in nearly two decades). Perhaps more importantly, the poll shows that Smith's lead over Merkley is only in the single digits -- meaning that Merkley is already well within striking range of Smith.

He doesn't disclose his source, however. Over at Loaded Orygun, blogger Carla Ryan goes one step further - identifying the specific "single digit" range:

I've been talking to my sources today and they're telling me that Merkley is within SIX POINTS of Smith.

Of course, she doesn't disclose her sources either.

Read more at MyDD and at Loaded Orygun. Discuss over there.


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