A poll leaked to the National Journal shows U.S. Rep. David Price with a significant lead against fellow Democratic Congressman Brad Miller if the two battled in a 4th District primary next year.
In a head-to-head matchup, Price takes 46 percent to Miller's 25 percent with another 29 percent undecided, according the Garin-Hart-Yang polling memo obtained by Hotline On Call. For voters surveyed who know the both congressmen, Price's lead grows to 50 percent while Miller posts 28 percent. The margin of error was 5 percentage points.
The publication obtained the poll from "a Democratic source," it reported, and it is clearly designed to dissuade Miller from challenging Price after GOP-led redistricting put the two men in the same district.
A potential primary race for the seat, which now stretches from the western Triangle to Fayetteville, is the topic of much speculation in local Democratic circles.
A source tells Dome that two key Miller allies even appeared at a Price fundraiser in Raleigh earlier this month: Mark Harkins, Miller's former chief of staff, and Marilyn Forbes, a top Miller fundraiser for his 2008 campaign.