Kansas: Moran’s Poll Shows Him Ahead of Tiahrt
Rep. Jerry Moran ran well ahead of Rep. Todd Tiahrt in a hypothetical Senate primary matchup, according a recent poll conducted for Morans campaign.
Moran has announced he is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Sam Brownback (R), who plans to run for governor in 2010. Tiahrt will likely also run for Brownbacks seat, setting up a contested primary between the two longtime Members.
Morans survey showed him leading Tiahrt 41 percent to 25 percent, with 34 percent undecided, according to a polling memo released Wednesday.
The two Congressmen are about equally well-known in Kansas: Moran had 73 percent name recognition, while Tiahrt had 71 percent name recognition among GOP primary voters. The memo also argued that Morans higher numbers in the states 2nd district give him a boost statewide.
Morans pollster, Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies, conducted the survey of 500 likely Republican voters Jan. 13-14. The poll had a margin of error of 4.4 points.
Democrats are hoping that term-limited Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) runs for the seat in 2010, although she has yet to disclose her plans. If Sebelius doesnt run, Republicans will be heavily favored to keep Brownbacks seat regardless of who emerges from the primary Democrats have not won a Senate election in Kansas since the 1930s.