Poll: Corzine still trailing Christie in N.J. gubernatorial race

 The Associated Press reports:

A new poll finds Gov. Jon Corzine gaining a little ground on Republican challenger Chris Christie with three months to go in the New Jersey governor's race.

The Quinnipiac University poll out this morning has Corzine trailing Christie, a former U.S. attorney, by 9 percentage points, 51-42 percent, among likely voters. A mid-July poll gave Christie a 53-41 percent lead.

Christie's lead shrinks to 6 percentage points when independent candidate Chris Daggett is factored in.

The poll indicates Corzine has shored up his Democratic base, but Christie still leads more than 2-to-1 among voters not affiliated with either party.

The telephone survey of 1,167 likely New Jersey voters was conducted Aug. 5-9 and has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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