Our newest poll finds Congressman Heath Shuler trailing Richard Burr 39-28 in a hypothetical match up. You might wonder how that compares to similar polling we did two years ago against Elizabeth Dole.
We tested two Democratic members of the Congressional delegation, and found Brad Miller trailing Dole by 11 points and Bob Etheridge trailing her by 15. So Shuler's intitial performance against Burr is comparable to how Congressmen did at this stage against Dole, who of course ended up losing.
And Shuler's doing much better than Kay Hagan did in early testing two years ago. When we first looked at how she stacked up to Dole, she trailed by 16 points.