Frankel seeks donations after Hasner catches up in pollby Andrew Abramson | October 9th, 2012
Instead of disputing Monday’s StPetePolls.org poll that showed Lois Frankel and Adam Hasner in a dead heat at 44 percent each (with 12 percent undecided) in the District 22 congressional race, Frankel’s campaign is spreading the word about the razor-thin poll and asking supporters for donations.
“The first 24 hours after a poll like this is released are the most critical. All eyes will be on our response,” Frankel’s campaign manager Jon Bray wrote in an e-mail to supporters. “Please contribute now to have your gift matched. For this email only, a generous donor has agreed to match all gifts made in the next 24 hours.”
With Democrats having a 9-point registration advantage over Republican in redrawn District 22, and Allen West opting to leave the district, Frankel entered the race as a large favorite. But the poll, taken largely after Wednesday’s presidential debate, shows Hasner hanging with Frankel. Hasner’s campaign reported raising $650,000 in the most recent quarter.
Despite Monday’s poll, other outlets are still convinced Frankel will win the race. The Cook Political Report and Roll Call have the race as “Likely Democrat” while Rothenberg calls it “Democrat Favored” and Sabato’s Crystal Ball says the race “Leans Democratic.”