updated 9/25/2006 8:33:09 AM ET 2006-09-25T12:33:09

A recent poll found that Democratic challenger Brad Ellsworth has pulled ahead of Rep. John Hostettler in a closely watched House race, but Republicans questioned the methodology of the poll.

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More than 47 percent of registered voters in the 8th District favored Brad Ellsworth, while 32 percent favored Hostettler, according to the poll commissioned by the Evansville Courier & Press and conducted by Indiana State University's Sociology Research Lab. More than 16 percent were undecided.

The telephone survey of 603 registered voters in the district was conducted Sept. 6-21 and has a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. Results were reported Sunday in the Evansville Courier & Press.

Ed Patru, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, questioned the poll's methodology. It surveyed registered voters instead of likely voters, and was conducted over more than two weeks instead of a few days.

A previous poll found voters about evenly split between Hostettler and Ellsworth, who is sheriff of Vanderburgh County. The WISH-TV Indiana Poll was a telephone survey of 400 likely voters and was conducted Sept. 5-8 by Maryland-based Research 2000.

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