- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 18, 2006

A new poll shows Maryland’s U.S. Senate race is a dead heat.

A telephone poll of 698 likely voters by Survey USA found Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin with 46 percent of the vote each.

Mr. Steele, Republican, has trailed Mr. Cardin, Democrat, in most polls, by an average of 8 points.

Green party candidate Kevin Zeese had 3 percent in the poll, and 4 percent were undecided.

The poll’s margin of error was 3.8 percent.

A Survey USA poll one month ago showed Mr. Steele leading Mr. Cardin by one point, 48 percent to 47 percent.

Also yesterday, Mr. Steele released a new commercial in which he criticized the Republican party for covering up a sex scandal involving Rep. Mark Foley, Florida Republican.

“When I see Washington politicians covering up scandal, protecting each other rather than protecting children, it’s time to show them the door,” Mr. Steele says. “And I don’t care which party they’re in.”

Mr. Steele has been working to appeal to Democrats in Maryland, where Republicans are outnumbered two-to-one.

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