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Poll shows Papenfuse leading Harrisburg mayoral race

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A new poll shows Harrisburg's mayoral race will be tight, but one candidate has taken the lead.

According to a Susquehanna Polling and Research poll commissioned by abc27 News, 42 percent of likely voters said they prefer Democratic nominee and bookstore owner Eric Papenfuse, while 25 percent said they were leaning toward Republican nominee and city controller Dan Miller.

Six percent of voters backed Aaron Johnson, the deputy director of the city's public works department who's waging a write-in campaign.

Twenty-three percent were undecided.

When asked about the issues, 36 percent of those polled said a candidate's position on the financial recovery plan would most influence their vote, while 23 percent said crime and improving public safety was most important to them.

Sixty-two percent of voters support the current recovery plan, and 18 percent said Harrisburg should pursue bankruptcy.

"(Miller) has been for bankruptcy in the past, but it's really hard to pin him down on where he stands now," Papenfuse said. "I have consistently said that it is time for us to move forward and support the Harrisburg Strong plan. That's what the poll reflects a majority of voters in Harrisburg want."

"I'm a Democrat -- I just happen to be on the Republican side of the ballot, so that's a difficult challenge to overcome," Miller said. "But I think people want someone who's honest and sincere and experienced and knowledgeable and I think that's why they're going to vote for me."

The telephone poll of 300 likely voters was conducted October 24-26 and has a margin or error of plus-or-minus 5.6 percent.


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