Barr releases internal poll showing him 7 points behind Chandler

06/16/2010 06:09 PM

Andy Barr, Republican candidate for Congress

Candidates don’t typically tout internal polling that shows them running behind. But Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr, a Lexington lawyer, released to the public the results of a three-week-old internal poll that show him trailing Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler 45-37 with 17 percent undecided.

The poll of 405 likely voters was conducted by the national Republican firm the Tarrance Group. The polling_memo the firm prepared for Barr said the poll, which conducted the week after the May 18 primary, had a margin of error of 4.9 percent.

“Ben Chandler is highly vulnerable to defeat in November, and Andy Barr is currently well positioned to win,” the memo to Barr said.

The poll showed that 30 percent of respondents said Chandler deserves re-election, 28 percent said they weren’t sure and 42 percent said they preferred a new person, according to the Tarrance Group’s memo.

Barr is challenging Chandler, who is running for his fourth full term representing the 6th congressional district after winning the seat in a February 2004 special election. The 6th District covers central Kentucky, including Lexington and its surrounding counties.

Chandler starts the general election with a significant lead in campaign resources. He had nearly $1.69 million in the bank compared to $215,000 for Barr at the end of April, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

- Ryan Alessi


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