Hackworth says poll shows promise in congressional race
A poll by the Democratic firm Anzalone Liszt Research of 517 likely voters showed that 8 percent more prefer a Democrat for Congress than a Republican, according to the Hackworth campaign. It also found that the voters lean toward Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. John McCain by 6 points, said Hackworth, the mayor of Dunedin.
But it also suggested Hackworth has a lot of work to do to surpass the name recognition and positive image of incumbent U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young.
Young had name recognition among about 74 percent of those polled compared to Hackworth's 26 percent. Young was viewed very favorably by about 25 percent.
When people were asked who they would support, Young was the winner. But after hearing a short campaign message from both sides, more people supporter Hackworth, the mayor said.
He said he thinks the poll shows that the race could be competitive if he can raise the money to reach voters.
"I do have a story to tell and there is pathway to victory," Hackworth said. "It’s just a matter of getting the word to the voters."
--Stephanie Garry, Times Staff Writer