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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Kane up in polls and fundraising

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 12:21 PM

In case tropical storm Sandy tore you away from the race for state Attorney General, here are some tidbits from the campaign trail as of late:

According to a poll by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Democratic nominee Kathleen Kane is up 20 points over her Republican opponent David Freed. Statewide, the poll notes, 49% of those questioned said they would vote for Kane, compared to 29% for Freed. As PoliticsPA pointed out yesterday , that's an improvement for Kane from the Inquirer's earlier polling.

But the Inquirer notes that nearly half of the survey respondents said that neither Kane or Freed "had made much of an impression yet."

That shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, though, in a race that hasn't had much name recognition or back-and-forth on policy issues other than the handling of the Jerry Sandusky case. When reporting our story on the AG race, pollster G. Terry Madonna of the Franklin & Marshall College Center for Politics told me, "I don't even put this race in my polls. People don't know who the candidates are."

The new polling data comes on the heels of the latest fundraising totals for the candidates. As the Associated Press reported this past weekend (the latest campaign finance reports were not yet available online from the PA Department of State) , Kane has raised nearly $3 million, giving her an edge over Freed, who's raised about $2 million since the Primary. As the AP reported, Kane has a little more than $1 million on hand; Freed has more than $1.5 million on hand.

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