- The Washington Times - Friday, October 6, 2006

Two new polls released Thursday show Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele cutting into Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin’s lead in the Maryland Senate race.

In a poll commissioned by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Mr. Cardin, a Democrat, led Mr. Steele, a Republican who is vying to become the nation’s sixth black U.S. senator, 47 to 43 percent.

Public Opinion Strategies, an Alexandria-based polling firm, performed the telephone poll of 800 likely voters, with a 3.5 percent margin of error.

Also in that poll, Green party candidate Kevin Zeese, who spoke at an anti-war rally yesterday in front of the White House, had 2 percent. Six percent were undecided.

The poll reported also that 36 percent of voters would “definitely” vote for Cardin, and that 33 percent were “definitely” Steele supporters.

In a separate poll, conducted by Zogby International for Reuters, Mr. Cardin led Mr. Steele 45 to 37 percent. Zogby International conducted the poll of 600 likely voters with a 4 percent margin of error.

An Oct. 2 poll released by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, showed Mr. Cardin with a 47 to 41 percent lead. The poll, published in McClatchy Newspapers and reported on MSNBC, surveyed 625 likely voters by phone, with a 4 percent margin of error.

These latest poll results are closer than previous polls from Potomac Inc., published in the Baltimore Sun on Sept. 25, and from Zogby International, published in the Wall Street Journal on Sept. 28.

The Potomac poll showed Mr. Cardin leading Mr. Steele 51 to 40 percent. Zogby showed Mr. Cardin leading 52 percent to 39 percent.

And they’re much closer than the Gallup poll published today in USA Today that has Cardin leading Steele 54 to 39 percent. Steele officials say that one is “disconnected from reality.”

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