In an independent media poll released today, Congresswoman Nancy Johnson is leading her Democratic opponent Congressman James Maloney by 9 points, 50 to 41 percent in the newly redrawn 5th congressional district. This confirms a U Conn poll released yesterday that showed the Johnson/Maloney match up at 53 to 36 with 10 percent undecided. The critical fact in both polls is that Johnson has reached or exceeded the magic 50 percent threshold. This was a race that the Democrats felt at the beginning of the campaign cycle that they could capture from the GOP. These polls make the capture of the House of Representatives that much more out of reach.