PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – If the election for Mayor of Pittsburgh were held today, city Councilman Bill Peduto would have the best shot at winning the Democratic primary.
That’s the conclusion of the latest Keystone Analytics poll of 404 likely Democratic voters with a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percent.
Peduto is in a tough race with former Auditor General Jack Wagner — and the polls have had both candidates on top at different times.
This poll taken last Tuesday and Wednesday has Peduto over Wagner, 39 percent to 32 percent among likely voters, with state Rep. Jake Wheatley at 8 percent and community activist AJ Richardson at 1 percent.
But with just two weeks before the election, nearly one out of five voters — 18 percent — are still undecided.
Peduto likes the trend.
In early April, Wagner led Peduto. The gap was closed by near the end of the month. And now Peduto is ahead by seven points.
Still, with so many undecided voters, this race is very much up for grabs.
With Mayor Luke Ravenstahl running attack ads against Peduto — coupled with Wagner’s own ads — Peduto is being out-spent on television.
Wagner’s campaign dismissed the poll results, saying they were already a week old, outdated, and not consistent with their own polls.