Chatter: NRCC poll has Barr trailing by 3 points with 5 weeks to go

10/04/2012 05:21 PM

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s internal polling shows U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, leading but by a razor-thin margin to Republican opponent Andy Barr of Lexington in the race for the 6th congressional district.

The Hill released the poll by the National Republican Congressional Committee on their website Thursday showing Chandler up by 49 percent to 46 percent for Barr.

That’s quite different than Chandler’s internal polling. His campaign released the results of a survey last month showing the incumbent, who is running for his fifth full term, up by 14 points.

A June survey by Public Opinion Strategies showed Chandler leading Barr 47 to 42.

The NRCC, which is a political committee devoted to maintaining and increasing the Republican majority in the U.S. House, has pledged to spend heavily in the 6th District race in favor of Barr’s rematch with Chandler. Their latest ad against Chandler is below:

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