A Research 2000 poll done for the progressive Web site Daily Kos shows in a possible match-up, MSNBC Hardballer Chris Matthews is only one point shy of long time Republican Sen. Arlen Specter.
The poll was conducted statewide via telephone among 600 likely voters Dec. 8th thru the 10th — it showed in a general election match-up these possible scenarios:
Specter (R) 45
Matthews (D) 44
Specter (R) 48
Murphy (D) 36 (Murphy as in Patrick, a Blue Dog Bucks County congressional Democrat who came in on the 2006 mid-term wave)