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Gregg claims polling gains

Democrat gubernatorial candidate John Gregg released polling data Thursday showing he has closed the gap against Republican Mike Pence.

The poll -- conducted in mid-October by Benenson Strategy Group -- found Pence still leads with 46 percent but Gregg is now at 40 percent.

By comparison, Gregg was down 18 percentage points during the summer.

Libertarian Rupert Boneham pulled 6 percent, and 7 percent were still undecided.

"Pence is better known than Gregg, yet he has not been able capitalize on this advantage on the actual ballot. 3 in 4 voters are familiar with Pence, while 56 percent are familiar with Gregg – a 19 percent advantage for Pence - yet Pence only leads by 6 percent on the ballot," the polling memo said. "With nearly half of voters unfamiliar with Gregg, he has more room than Pence to grow as voters learn more about him."

The margin of error for overall results was almost 4 percent.

The campaign did not release specifics about those interviewed.

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