Politics & Policy

A Storm That Won’t Cease for Kathy Dahlkemper

Kathy Dahlkemper is looking more and more like the walking dead, down down 13 points. And this analysis from Real Clear Politics certainly doesn’t paint an optimistic picture of her race against Mike Kelly in northwestern Pennsylvania: 

The Hill and America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) released 12 polls today of swing districts held by freshmen Democrats.  None of them are particularly good news for the Democrats. 

– PA3, Dahlkemper (D) 36 percent, Kelly (R) 49 percent

The headline here is that the Republicans have leads in 11 of these 12 districts, but it is really much worse than that for Democrats.  The rule of thumb is that any incumbent under 50 percent is in trouble, and any incumbent under 45 percent is deep trouble.  The best showing here is 44 percent.  The median score here is 39.5 percent.  Almost all of these incumbents have to be considered underdogs in their re-election battles at this point.

Battle ‘10 profiled Dahlkemper challenger Mike Kelly last week.


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