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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Republican challenger Lynn Swann held a slight lead over incumbent Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell in a statewide poll released Thursday, with a third of registered voters indicating they were open to voting for either man.
Thirty-five percent of those surveyed in the IssuesPA/Pew Poll said they were likely to vote for Swann, the retired Pittsburgh Steelers star and former college football television analyst. Twenty-nine percent said they would probably support Rendell, and 34 percent were considered up for grabs.
Rendell, a former Philadelphia mayor, is running strongest in that city, its suburbs and the northeastern part of the state. Swann's greatest support is in the state's central and western regions.
Swann's press secretary, Melissa Walters, called the poll "another example of the clear momentum behind Lynn Swann's campaign and the growing support for change and reform in Pennsylvania."
Rendell campaign spokesman Dan Fee said the poll indicates voters want to know where candidates stand on issues and about their experience.
"Those are Ed Rendell's strengths and Lynn Swann's weaknesses. So when the voters begin to focus on the race we'll be doing just fine," Fee said.
The poll showed confidence in Rendell at 55 percent, down 2 percentage points from an earlier survey in November.
Swann had a 39 percent favorable rating, but he is still unknown to many respondents. When asked their overall opinion of Swann, 43 percent of Pennsylvanians either could not rate him, had never heard of him, or had no answer.
Princeton Survey Research Associates International interviewed 1,504 adult state residents March 14-22, including 1,229 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
IssuesPA is a statewide public-awareness project of the Pennsylvania Economy League. The poll was funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
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