WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, one of the credit unionmovement's strongest allies on Capitol Hill, is down by nine pointsin his effort to win a 13th term, according to poll released thisweek by Franklin & Marshall College.

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The poll of 547 registered voters taken last week found thatKanjorski (D-Pa.) is trailing Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta 44% to35%.

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The survey showed that only 35% of voters in his district, whichincludes most of Northeast Pennsylvania, believe he deserves to bere-elected. Only 51% of registered Democrats said they plan tosupport him while 69% of Republicans plan to vote for Barletta.

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The loss of Kanjorski, the No. 2 Democrat on the House FinancialServices Committee, would be a major loss for credit unions. He hasbeen the main sponsor of all of the measures providing regulatoryrelief to credit unions in the last few years, including the CreditUnion Bank and Thrift Regulatory Relief Act, which passed the Houseand is pending in the Senate. He is also the sponsor of the CreditUnion Regulatory Improvements Act which provides more comprehensiveregulatory relief.

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