Colorado: Poll Cranks Up Lamborn Challenger’s Numbers

Posted May 13, 2008 at 7:06pm

Jeff Crank, who in 2006 narrowly lost his bid for the 5th district GOP nomination to now-Rep. Doug Lamborn, is running again this year and is out with a new poll that purports to show him as the best candidate to take out the incumbent in the Aug. 12 primary.

Crank’s internal poll, conducted May 3-6, showed him with 31 percent support, compared with 12 percent for fellow Republican primary candidate Bentley Rayburn, a former Air Force officer who finished third in the 2006 primary. Lamborn registered 40 percent, with 17 percent undecided.

The survey of 1,698 likely GOP primary voters had a margin of error of 2.1 points. The poll was conducted by ccAdvertising, a Republican firm based in Herndon, Va.

The 5th district is solid conservative territory and should hold for the GOP regardless of who emerges as the party’s nominee in August. Crank and Rayburn both were hoping to have a clear shot at Lamborn this time, but neither has been able to persuade the other to drop out of the race.

— David M. Drucker