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Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Sherrill skeptical of NYT/Siena College poll

Survey has Democrat up 11 points over Assemblyman Jay Webber

By Nikita Biryukov, October 19 2018 3:14 pm

A poll showing Mikie Sherrill up 11 points over Assemblyman Jay Webber may sound like good news for the Democrat, but the former federal prosecutor is taking those results with a grain of salt.

“You know, it’s funny.  I’m generally an optimist, Fred, but I have to say that I don’t believe it,” Sherrill said of the poll at an unrelated press conference Friday. “I think we’re running a tight race here, so we’ll see how things turn out in November.”

A New York Times/Siena College poll of likely voters that was released late Thursday night pegged Sherrill leading Webber 49%-38%, a margin two points outside the poll’s gross sampling error of 9%. The survey’s margin of error was 4.6%.

Recent polls have shown the race to be significantly tighter. A Monmouth poll released last week showed Sherrill up by a comparatively meager four points, 48%-44%, well within the poll’s margin of error in the race for Rodney Frelinghuysen’s 11th district House seat.

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