Poll: Dead heat in 3rd district House race

The race for Jim Saxton's seat in Congress is a statistical dead heat, with Republican Chris Myers leading Democrat John Adler 41%-40%, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll released today. Among likely voters, Myers is ahead 44%-41%.

“Despite being out-fundraised and outspent, Myers is holding his own in the district,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “This part of the state is traditionally Republican, but has been trending Democratic in recent years. Turning out the base will be the key to winning this seat.”

Barack Obama leads John McCain 46%-43% among likely 3rd district voters in a district where George W. Bush beat John Kerry by two percentage points in 2004.

In Ocean County, Myers leads 45%-33%, while Adler leads in the Burlington County and Cherry Hill part of the district by a 45%-38% margin.

Saxton, a Republican, is retiring after 24 years in Congress. Democrats have not won the seat since 1882.

Poll: Dead heat in 3rd district House race