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EMILYs List Poll Shows Summer Lee With 25-Point Lead in PA-12 Primary

April 12, 2022

For Immediate Release
April 12, 2022

EMILY's List Poll Shows Summer Lee With 25-Point Lead in PA-12 Primary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released a poll of the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. 

EMILYs List candidate state Rep. Summer Lee has a commanding lead in the race for Congress, leading her next closest competitor by 25 points, 38% to 13%. Balanced introductions of Lee and her opponents pushed Lee’s vote share to almost 50%.

“Summer Lee is the bold and inspiring leader we need to secure victory of the must-win open seat in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District in November,” said Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List. “With five weeks to go until the Democratic primary, it’s clear the voters of PA-12 are fired up and ready to send a working-class champion from their community to Washington, D.C. and make history by electing the state’s first Black Congresswoman.”

Lee’s lead spans nearly every major demographic, ideological, and regional group of voters. GQR conducted a survey among 400 likely Democratic primary voters in Pennsylvania’s 12th District from March 26-31, 2022. A full memo from GQR is available here.

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