New poll shows George Scott one point behind Rep. Scott Perry

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
10th Congressional District candidates Republican Scott Perry, left, and Democrat George Scott, take part in a debate held by the Rotary Club of York at the Country Club of York, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. John A. Pavoncello photo

A new poll shows Democratic political newcomer George Scott just a stone's throw away from three-term incumbent Rep. Scott Perry in the 10th District House race.

The poll, conducted by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling, shows Scott 1 percent behind Perry — 43 percent to Perry's 44 percent — when participants were asked who they would vote for if elections took place today.

PPP, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, surveyed 650 voters in the district, with a 3.8 percent margin of error. Thirty-five percent identified as Democrats, 50 percent identified as Republicans and 14 percent identified as independents. 

The poll is the second the firm has done on the 10th District race. In the first, in June, Scott was behind by 4 points but still within the 4.1 percent margin of error.

The poll also comes just weeks after former Vice President Joe Biden publicly endorsed Scott and after Scott released multiple new television ads.

"We are in a horse race; this is a dead heat,” Scott's campaign manager, Jason O’Malley, said. “As the poll shows, eight out of 10 people are excited to vote in November, and you can feel they are ready to vote for change — George Scott.”

Perry's campaign didn't respond to phone and email inquiries seeking comment on the poll results.

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But the poll also shows voters are less familiar with Scott than they are with Perry.

When asked whether they have a "favorable or unfavorable" opinion of either candidate, 48 percent of respondents claimed "neither" when asked about Scott.

While this is an improvement over the last PPP poll, which showed 62 percent of voters reporting the same answer about Scott, only 31 percent of respondents said the same of Perry in the most recent poll.

Additionally, the results demonstrate voter enthusiasm in the midterm elections, which historically receive much lower turnout than presidential elections.

Sixty-four percent of respondents said they were "very excited" to vote come November, and 18 percent reported being "somewhat excited."

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.