Howey Politics Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS - Democratic 5th CD nominee Christina Hale released an internal GBAO poll showing her leading Republican State Sen. Victoria Spartz, 51-46%. Hale’s advantage is driven by her showing among women (59–38%) and voters with a college degree (also 59–38%). “Hoosiers in the 5th District want leaders who will get to work to solve the problems they deal with every day. While some in Washington are focused on taking away protections for pre-existing conditions, I’m committed to working across the aisle to make health care more affordable and accessible for every Hoosier family," Hale said. "We’re excited about our campaign’s growing momentum and will continue working to earn the support of 5th District voters.”

Spartz campaign manager Mike Berg called the poll "fabricated," adding, "To believe this poll, you need to believe that President Trump is currently down 10 points in a district he carried by 12. For those counting at home, that would be an unbelievable 22-point swing."

The 5th CD fits the profile of an emerging "purple" swing district. In the presidential race, Joe Biden leads President Trump 53-43%. President Trump’s approval rating in the 5th CD is 41%, with 57% expressing disapproval (including 50% who strongly disapprove). The poll was conducted June 25-28. Indiana Republican Chairman Kyle Hupfer made an appeal for Republicans to support Spartz. "It’s a battleground race, and it could determine control of the House," Hupfer said. "That’s why the Democrats are already pouring buckets of out-of-state money into the district to try and win it."