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Archive for Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Figures suggest 3rd race close

October 30, 2002

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— A newspaper poll of registered voters in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District suggests Democratic incumbent Dennis Moore and Republican Adam Taff are running about even with a week left in the campaign.

Conducted by The Kansas City Star and released Tuesday, the telephone survey of 602 registered voters over three days late last week showed 47 percent supported Moore, 44 percent favored Taff, 1 percent preferred another candidate, and 7 percent were undecided.

The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3.99 percentage points.

Taff and Moore have both told audiences the Nov. 5 election would be close. And both campaigns have been working hard to encourage large turnout among their supporters in the district, which also includes part of Douglas County.

Jack Martin, a Moore campaign spokesman, said the congressman had a large get-out-the-vote effort but would not reveal any details. Voters also can look for a lot of commercials on television this week.

"There will be a big push," Martin said. "Just as he's done before, Dennis Moore is putting together a coalition of Republicans, Democrats and independents. They support him because he votes for good ideas, not party politics."

Taff said his internal polling showed him with a slight lead over Moore.

"We continue to believe we've worked hard to put ourselves in a position to win this race," Taff told the newspaper.

"These (poll) numbers should energize a lot of people that have been wondering whether this race can be won," he said. "We're very excited. It's our race to win."

Taff said he was increasing his television advertising and working harder than ever this week. Moore also will have a large television presence.

Among other findings of The Star's poll, Taff was favored by almost 50 percent of voters in Johnson County, while Moore polled almost 42 percent. In Wyandotte County, Moore was the favorite of nearly 63 percent of the voters polled, compared with 29 percent for Taff.

Across the district, Republican voters prefer Taff 78 percent to 14 percent for Moore, according to the poll, while Democrats prefer Moore 92 percent to 4 percent for Taff. Independent voters favor Moore almost 52 percent to 34 percent for Taff.

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