WISH-TV just released a poll showing Mayor Ballard with a 44%-33% lead over challenger Melina Kennedy. Libertarian Chris Bowen comes in with 2%, and the undecided vote comes in very high at 21%. The poll had a 4.9% margin of error.
This poll very closely resembles the poll that Fox 59 received from the Ballard campaign. I covered that poll and other aspects of the race in my Tuesday story "Kennedy Will Win...er, wait...No, Ballard Will Win...um, hold on..."
While this poll is not too far outside of the margin of error, especially when you add in the undecided votes, this is obviously horrible news for the Kennedy campaign. Such an enormous apparent margin this many days before the election has the ability to possibly cause some Kennedy supporters to give up and not bother coming to the polls on Tuesday.
While I disagree with his position on this, that very possibility was something that Paul Ogden blogged on earlier Wednesday.
It will be very interesting to see how both campaigns react to this poll in the final days of what, before tonight, appeared to be a very close campaign.