Some GREAT news to share with the list about Openly LGBT Congressional candidate Ed Potosnak.
Here is a poll they just got back a poll last night that shows that his message is working and his opponent is in major trouble. A whopping 46% of people in NJ- 7 want Leonard Lance out of office, and it’s not just Democrats, but also Republicans and Independents who are dissatisfied with Leonard Lance’s “Washington insider” approach to representing his constituents.
The team they have put in place has put the campaign within striking distance for this November. When voters learn more about Ed, and how he wants to get the job done is Washington, he already is coming within 4% of defeating Leonard Lance! (Lance 47-Potosnak 43).
The most stunning news to me is that only 31% of respondents think that Leonard Lance should keep his job. This tells me, that after already spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and barely winning his Republican Primary, Lance is ripe to be taken out. This race is quickly shaping up to be one of the best chances to pick up a Democratic seat as well as add another LGBT candidate to Congress.
You can learn more at www.EdPotosnak.com
Below is the poll memo
GARINHARTYANG RESEARCH GROUP
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M E M O R A N D U M
TO: Ed Potosnak for Congress
FROM: Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group
DATE: June 28, 2010
RE: Recent NJ-7th CD Survey Results
Between June 23 and 24, 2010, the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group conducted a
survey among 400 likely voters in New Jersey’s 7th congressional district. This
survey, which has a margin of error of +5%, is fully representative of the 7th CD’s
demographics, including partisanship. For example, there are slightly MORE
registered Republicans in our sample, and in terms of party self-identification, there
is a net GOP advantage of 38% Republican and 35% Democrat.
Even with the Republican-leaning nature of this district, the survey data yields two
encouraging findings: (A) Congressman Lance, as evidenced by his unimpressive
55% showing in the June 8th GOP primary, is not immune to the national antiincumbent
trend, and (B) Ed Potosnak has the potential to run an extremely
competitive campaign against the incumbent.
We asked a broad survey question to measure the electorate’s temperature on this
year’s congressional elections without naming the actual candidates. We found that
7th CD voters prefer electing “new people” over reelecting “current members of
Congress” by nearly three to one (55% to 19%). What’s ironic is that it is Lance
voters who are the MOST pre-disposed to electing new people, by a nearly six to
On EVERY single measurement of an incumbent’s standing, Congressman Lance is
well-below the critical 50% threshold. For example, just 31% of 7th CD voters
would like to see Leonard Lance reelected to Congress, while a 46% plurality think
it is time to make a change and elect someone else.
The overall 31% “reelect” is a low number for Lance, but what is notable is his poor
showing among Independents (24% reelect, 47% make a change) and even among
Republicans (43% reelect, 39% make a change).
Thus, it is not surprising that the initial trial heat standings show Lance with an
unimpressive lead despite the fact that Ed Potosnak is virtually unknown to 7th CD
voters (12% name recognition). Currently, Leonard Lance holds 43% of the vote,
Ed Potosnak garners 30%, and 27% are undecided.
Congressman Lance’s current advantage, albeit with the incumbent’s support below
the 50% threshold with considerable softness (just 43% of Lance voters are firmly
committed to their candidate), is almost purely a result of his commanding name
In fact, when we present equal and positive descriptions of BOTH candidates, the
challenger makes up significant ground. For LEONARD LANCE, he was described as
having been assistant counsel to former Governor Tom Kean, and in his first term
in Congress as having fought for fiscal responsibility and a strong advocate for
environmental protection. For ED POTOSNAK, he was described as a Rutgers
graduate who became a scientist and teacher and started his own small business,
and who has the real-world experience.
After these descriptions, the INFORMED trial heat standings show the challenger
pulling into a competitive position: 47% Lance, 43% Potosnak, 10% undecided.
The strong appeal of Ed Potosnak’s non-politician profile in an anti-incumbent year
is borne out by Potosnak’s 49% to 40% lead among Independents, and by his
three-to-one lead among undecided voters.
Finally, the fluid nature of this electorate AND Congressman Lance’s vulnerability is
evidenced by the final trial heat, which we asked after we presented criticisms of
BOTH candidates. In this trial heat, Lance drops to 38% support, while Ed
Potosnak climbs to 48%. While we do not purport this is “real-life,” it is
nonetheless notable that 7th CD voter preferences change from a 13-point Lance
lead at the beginning to a 10-point Potosnak advantage at the end, which is a
significant amount of movement in a relatively short amount of time.
While the 7th CD electorate has a strong bias against incumbents, we do not
underestimate Congressman Lance’s campaign skills that he has picked up in his
nearly two decades in politics. However, we believe the overall political dynamics
of 2010 make Ed Potosnak a credible and attractive challenger who has the
potential to run a competitive and winnable campaign.