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Allard Takes Early Lead
U.S. Senator Wayne Allard has picked up substantial support among unaffiliated and Democrat voters since June 2001 and now leads Democrat challenger Tom Strickland 51 percent to 35 percent in the race for U.S. Senate.
Question: In November 2002 there will be an election for U.S. Senate. If the election were held today and the candidates for U.S. Senate were Democrat Tom Strickland and Republican Wayne Allard, whom would you vote for? (Rotated)
Allard is benefitting from a powerful political trend since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The senate race is only now beginning after a long dormancy caused by 9/11. The Strickland campaign restarted in earnest in January. The environment could change over the next nine months. Allard is barely above 50 percent. It is likely that the presidents popularity will decline. Issues could shift to benefit Democrats. And, finally, there could be more unexpected circumstances, such as Enron. But as of February 2002, the Republican incumbent, Wayne Allard has opened a big lead.
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