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Poll: 8th District Race Up For Grabs

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8th Congressional District candidates Steve Kagen (D), left, and Reid Ribble (R). (courtesy of FOX 11).
8th Congressional District candidates Steve Kagen (D), left, and Reid Ribble (R). (courtesy of FOX 11).

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - A new poll out shows a toss-up in the race for the 8th Congressional District. 

The Hill's 2010 Midterm Election Poll shows Republican challenger Reid Ribble with a 45-44 lead over incumbent Democrat Steve Kagen.

Kagen's running of ads attacking Ribble's stance on Medicare seem to be working with the over 55 crowd, according to Associate Editor Emily Goodin.

"We showed him up to be up about 6 points in that age group," Goodin says. "That could be a pretty wise strategy because older voters tend to vote and they tend to be reliable voters."

Those polled younger than 55 favor Ribble, especially in the 17-to-34 demo, where he holds a double-digit lead.

"But they're also a less reliable group, sometimes they vote and sometimes they don't," Goodin says. "If he can get them out, he'll probably win then, but the question is can he get them out?"

However undecided voters make up 10 percent of the 415 people polled from October 12th thru the 14th. Margin of error is plus-or-minus 4.8 percent.

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