A Richard Stockton College/Zogby poll of likely voters in the 3rd Congressional District voters shows GOP challenger Jon Runyan leading U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) 37-40%, or “too close to call,” according to the poll.
The poll showed independent candidate Peter DeStefano receiving 4.9% of the vote.
Six-hundred likely voters participated in the poll between October 18 and 22. The poll and has a margin of error of +/- 4.1%. The previous Stockton/Zogby poll of September 19 – 21 was administered to 401 likely voters with a margin of error +/- 5.0%.
That September poll showed Adler leading Runyan, 38-30% and DeStefano receiving 7.6%.
“The Adler-Runyan race remains one of the closest races in the country. It’s a toss-up and will be watched closely all across the country,” said Sharon Schulman, Executive Director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. “Although Tea Party candidate DeStefano support is dropping, nearly 5% in a close race could be important to the outcome of this close election.”
Schulman said Runyan also appears to be picking up support from DeStefano voters, “solidifying his base among Republicans and improving among independents. Overall, undecided voters and likely voters for DeStefano are breaking towards Runyan. Undecided voters have dropped 7% since the September poll.”