Survey: Merski front-runner in Democratic primary

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ERIE, Pa. — A survey of likely Democratic primary voters in Erie is showing one candidate with a commanding lead in the primary race for mayor of the city of Erie.

A survey conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, an international research firm, shows that Bob Merski has a 22-point lead in the primary contest for mayor.

They surveyed 400 likely Democratic voters in Erie — carrying an overall margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 points.

It shows Merski with 37 percent of the vote, followed by Joe Schember at 15 percent and Rubye Jenkins-Husband at 14 percent. 

The survey was paid for by the Merski for Mayor campaign and the research company is working with the campaign team.

Mersky said regardless of who asked for the survey, he knows anything is still possible.

“It is exciting to have people rally behind you and the campaign,” he said. “We are running a campaign called the People’s Campaign, but at the same time, it’s far from over. I am running this campaign like I am 20 points behind.”

The poll also showed that 9 percent of those surveyed are undecided, which is a relatively low number. Merski said he attributes that to the interest many in the community have in the refocus initiative and getting that in place.

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