As first reported by The Hill, another poll in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District shows Democrat Christina Hale with a strong lead over Republican and dark money-backed Victoria Spartz (50% – 44%). Former VP Biden also leads President Trump in the district (55% – 42%).
Statement from DCCC Spokesperson Courtney Rice:
“Christina Hale’s message of working across the aisle to make health care more affordable and shore up the economy is clearly resonating with Hoosiers and these numbers reflect that. Hoosiers don’t want another self-interested politician like Victoria Spartz who’s backed by a dark money group that’s helping to buy her the election so she can pursue their extreme policies.”
Key Points from The Hill:
- According to a poll conducted for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and released exclusively to The Hill, Hale, a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives, leads with 50 percent support among likely voters. Spartz, a member of the Indiana state Senate who immigrated to the U.S. from Ukraine in 2000, trails with 45 percent.
- The district was one of the first to be added to the DCCC’s Red to Blue list in January, a signal to donors that the seat is one they should focus on, and Hale had a substantial cash-on-hand advantage over Spartz at the end of the second quarter, boasting $726,000 compared with about $170,000 for her opponent.
- The DCCC poll tracks with other polls that have shown a tight race, including an internal poll the Hale campaign released in June showing her with a 51 percent to 45 percent lead.
- In another positive sign for Democrats, former Vice President Joe Biden, the party’s 2020 nominee, leads President Trump by 13 points in the Indianapolis-area district.
- The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the race as a “toss up.”