Terry Goddard Declares "Surge" in Polls -- Based on Polling Numbers From One Congressional District

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, the Democratic candidate for governor, is beaming today after the results of a new poll were released showing he's narrowed the gap in the polls separating him and his GOP opponent, Governor Jan Brewer.

According to the latest poll, Brewer now only leads Goddard by seven points, 52 percent to 45 percent. That "surge" -- as Goddard's campaign is calling it -- is only polling data from one, "more-Conservative" Congressional district, not the entire state.

Either way, Terry's lovin' it.

"It's encouraging because it shows tremendous movement, and it shows that voters are listening and responding to the real story of how badly Jan Brewer has failed this state," Goddard says.

Not really -- it was one district -- but OK.

Not to mention, the poll was conducted on behalf of Project New West, a left-leaning advocacy group for western states.

Unfortunately for Goddard, aside from those numbers only representing a single Congressional district, this poll is about as reliable as a Rasmussen poll released two weeks ago -- which we also took with a healthy serving of salt -- showing very different results.

According to the Rasmussen poll, Brewer leads Goddard with 60 percent of the vote to Goddard's 38 percent -- and that was almost immediately following Jan's epic brain fart during the gubernatorial debate.

A similar poll conducted prior to Jan's moment of silence showed Brewer leading the race with 57 percent to Goddard's 38 percent.

For anyone not keeping score, according to Rasmussen, Jan's less-than-stellar performance in the debate actually helped her poll numbers.

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