The Detroit Free Press reports:
A new independent poll has the dean of the U.S. House, Rep. John Dingell, trailing his Republican opponent, Rob Steele, by 4 percentage points.
The automated phone survey of 300 people in the 15th Congressional District showed Steele getting 43.8% of the vote. Dingell, a Dearborn Democrat and the longest-serving member of Congress, got 39.5%. About 11% were undecided. The gap is within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 5.6 percentage points. The poll was conducted Monday.
Dingell was first elected in 1954--he took the seat over from his father who was first elected in 1932. So, on the upside, Dingell can always campaign on the compelling message: Are you better off now than you were 78 years ago?
Dingell has apparently been worried about the election for awhile. Jay Cost noted on September 3:
4. Wha? I just about fell out of my chair when I read this:
Veteran Rep. John Dingell is telling donors he could be in trouble in November.
"This year I need your maximum financial contribution to my campaign," the Michigan Democrat wrote to supporters in a fundraising letter Thursday.
"Come November 2nd I intend to make sure he is sorely disappointed," Dingell tells his donors.