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Mayor Ahead in Pa. Goverenor’s Poll

April 28, 2002

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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Former Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell appears to be leading state Auditor General Robert P. Casey Jr. less than a month before the Democratic gubernatorial primary, according to a poll released Sunday.

The poll showed Rendell with 45 percent of support, Casey with 40 percent and 15 percent of voters undecided. The margin of error was plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Rendell’s bid appeared to be buoyed by support from Philadelphia and its suburbs.

``Rendell is just cleaning up the floor with him around Philadelphia and Casey is up everywhere else,″ said J. Bradford Coker, spokesman for Mason-Dixon Polling and Research in Washington, D.C., which conducted the poll for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The survey was based on telephone interviews from April 22 to 25 with 420 Democrats who planned to vote in the May 21 primary.

A poll earlier this month showed Rendell, 58, and Casey, 42, about even.

The winner faces Republican Attorney General Mike Fisher in the Nov. 5 general election.

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