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Poll: Moseley-Braun Trails in Race

September 13, 1998

CHICAGO (AP) _ Democratic Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun trails Republican Peter Fitzgerald in her bid for a second term, a new poll shows.

The poll, published in the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday, showed that 50 percent of 400 likely voters said the would vote for Fitzgerald. Thirty-five percent said they would vote for Moseley-Braun, and 13 percent said they were undecided or refused to say how they would vote.

Conducted Sept. 8-10, the poll had a margin of error of 4.8 percentage points.

Moseley-Braun, who has tried to paint Fitzgerald as a right-wing extremist, said Saturday that Fitzgerald has gained support by ``ducking″ the issues of the campaign.

Fitzgerald spokesman John McGovern welcomed the poll but said the campaign has a ``long way to go.″

``Clearly, Carol Moseley-Braun continues to suffer the backlash from a six-year term that has been marked with an unending string of scandals and controversies,″ he said.

Fitzgerald may have benefited from the poll’s timing. It was conducted as Moseley-Braun grabbed headlines for accusing conservative columnist George Will of racism. She later apologized.

Will had written a column rehashing many of Moseley-Braun’s past troubles, from questions about campaign spending to her secret 1996 trip to meet a Nigerian dictator.

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