Poll: Joe Wilson trailing Democratic rival
A newly-released poll shows Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C) has seriously endangered his re-election prospects by shouting out “you lie!” during President Obama’s speech to Congress this week.
The poll, commissioned by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, shows that Wilson trails his Democratic opponent Rob Miller, 44 to 43 percent. A sizable 62 percent majority of voters said they disapproved of Wilson’s actions, with only 29 percent approving.
The electorate was closely split on whether President Obama was telling the truth when he said his health care plan would not cover illegal immigrants – 46 percent said he was telling the truth, while 42 percent said they thought the president was lying.
“In a matter of seconds Joe Wilson turned himself from a safe incumbent into one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the country for 2010,” PPP pollster Dean Debnam wrote.
It’s a bit premature to be writing Wilson’s political obituary yet. The congressman won the district with 54 percent of the vote last year, a number depressed by the record level of African-American turnout in a presidential election. And it would be useful to see additional polling in the district before drawing any firm conclusions.
But one thing’s for sure, Miller has raised close to $800,000 since Wilson’s outburst and he’ll have plenty of cash to spend against him during crunch time. That fact alone makes it likely the race will be competitive, and guarantees we’ll be hearing more about Joe Wilson in the months to come.
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