Democratic Poll Shows Boswell Leading for Lewis Seat

Posted September 4, 2008 at 9:36am

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a new poll Wednesday from Kentucky’s 2nd district that showed state Sen. David Boswell (D) with an 8-point lead over state Sen. Brett Guthrie (R) in the race to replace retiring Rep. Ron Lewis (R).

Boswell led Guthrie 41 percent to 33 percent in the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group poll. The survey of 403 likely voters was conducted Aug. 23-25 and had a margin of error of 5 points.

The Garin-Hart-Yang survey comes two months after an automated SurveyUSA poll showed Boswell up by 3 points.

While Boswell appears to have the edge in polling, Guthrie had a massive financial lead over Boswell in the last round of Federal Election Commission reports. At the end of June, Guthrie had $661,000 in the bank while Boswell, who was coming off a May primary, had just $45,000 in cash on hand.

Guthrie went up with the first media buy of the general election in July with a district-wide radio ad. The rural district is a Republican stronghold in presidential elections: It gave President Bush 65 percent of the vote in 2004.