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New Internal Poll Gives Murphy Wide Lead in Crowded Iowa Race

A new poll from state Rep. Pat Murphy, one of five Democrats running for Iowa’s open 1st District, shows him with a wide lead, according to a memo from his House campaign.  

Murphy received 36 percent in the poll of 400 likely Democratic primary voters, conducted by Myers Research and paid for by his campaign. Also per the poll, Murphy has a 19-point lead over Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman Monica Vernon.  

The seat is open this cycle because Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, is running for the open Senate seat . The winner of the Democratic nod will have an advantage in the general election in this district, which includes northeast Iowa. Last cycle, President Barack Obama won the 1st District by a 14-point margin.  

Murphy’s survey also showed Vernon followed by former state Sen. Swati Dandekar and state Rep. Anesa Kajtazovic, who received 13 percent and 11 percent in the poll respectively. Behind them is attorney Dave O’Brien, who captured 8 percent in the poll.  

The poll was conducted via telephone from Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, and has a margin of error of 4.9 percent.  

Iowa’s 1st District is rated a Safe Democrat contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

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