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Poll Shows Cranston Widening Lead

October 26, 1986

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Democratic Sen. Alan Cranston has widened his lead over Republican Rep. Ed Zschau to 11 points with a little more than a week left in their bitter election campaign, according to a Teichner Associates poll published Sunday.

The statewide survey completed Saturday found that Cranston led Zschau 46 percent to 35 percent among the 1,200 voters questioned. Nineteen percent were undecided or supported minor party candidates.

The poll, conducted between Thursday and Saturday for the Sacramento Bee and television station KCRA, had a margin of error of 2.8 percent.

Results of the survey seemed to indicate Cranston has picked up strength since mid-October, when a Teichner poll gave him a 7-point lead. A Los Angeles Times poll taken a little later also found Cranston with a 7-point lead.

Cranston led Zschau by 12 points, 49 percent to 37 percent, in a Teichner poll released early in the month.

″That midmonth survey showed Zschau’s TV campaign had succeeded in getting people to rethink their support for Cranston,″ said pollster Steve Teichner. ″But Cranston has consolidated back his loss of support among Republicans and somewhat among Democrats, particularly in the San Francisco Bay area.″

Ron Smith, Zschau’s campaign manager, said he was ″absolutely mystified″ by the new Teichner results. He said there was no way for the survey to be correct.

Smith said the Zschau campaign’s private polls show the congressman ahead.

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