Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.), who was drawn into a much tougher district by a GOP gerrymander, is circulating a poll conducted for his campaign that shows him leading his opponents by double digits.
While the district now leans strongly Republican, Kissell holds a 10-point lead over GOP front-runner Richard Hudson, 46 percent to 36 percent.
The poll is good news for Kissell, but he's a top Republican target and is in for a tough race. That he's touting a poll showing him under 50 percent shows how vulnerable he is.
He's only represented a bit more than half of the new district — something the poll memo argues is a positive, saying he has more room to grow there as he introduces himself to new voters.
The poll of 500 likely voters was conducted March 15 through March 20 for the Kissell campaign by Democratic pollster Anzalone Liszt Research, and has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.