Every 2 years, there are several upsets in the Congressional elections that nobody seriously considered could happen. This year, the 6th District race between entrenched incumbent Frank Pallone and spirited outsider Anna Little has a great chance of being one of those 2010 upsets.
Pallone and Little are basically tied 49 percent to 47 percent in the Monmouth half of the district, but Pallone has a sizable 58 percent to 33 percent lead in the other half, which includes urban strongholds in Middlesex and Union counties.
Little actually leads by 51 percent to 38 percent among self-identified independent voters in the district, but, so far, it is not enough to overcome the Democrats more than 2-to-1 registration edge over Republicans.
Pallone’s job performance rating among likely voters in his district stands at 46 percent approve to 36 percent disapprove. He also garners personal ratings of 48 percent favorable to 32 percent unfavorable. By comparison, 33 percent of voters give Little a favorable rating and 22 percent are unfavorable, with nearly half , 45 percent, offering no opinion on the Highlands mayor.