A new survey in the Pittsburgh mayor's race shows Jack Wagner overtaking Bill Peduto.
The poll of 400 likely Democratic voters was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday for Keystone Analytics, a Harrisburg marketing firm. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent. The survey showed the former auditor general at 38 percent; Mr. Peduto at 31 percent; state Rep. Jake Wheatley, 4 percent and A.J. Richardson, 1 percent. Another 26 percent were undecided to refused to answer.
The new survey showed a big advance for Mr. Wagner compared to a survey released by the same firm in the first week of March. Mr. Peduto's support remained fairly constant over that tumultuous month in the competition for the Democratic nomination, with 31 percent this month, and 30 percent in early March. But Mr Wagner, jumped up from 20 percent to 38 percent over the same period. Since then, three candidates have dropped from the race, and the bulk of their support appears to have migrated to Mr. Wagner. In the early March survey, city Controller Michael Lamb, who dropped from the race on Monday, had 13 percent; state Sen. Jim Ferlo had 7 percent, and city Council President Darlene Harris had 5 percent.