Republican Holly Harris VonLeuhrte and Democrat Matt Erwin debate cn|2 poll results

03/03/2011 06:33 PM

With the release of the cn|2 Poll results featuring head-to-head matchups of gubernatorial tickets and the attorney general race, Pure Politics brought in a Republican and Democratic operative to break down the numbers.

Holly Harris VonLeuhrte — the finance chairwoman and legal counsel for the Republican Party of Kentucky — and Matt Erwin, communications director for the Kentucky Democratic Party, offered their opposing outlooks on the governor’s race.

Gov. Steve Beshear is seeking re-election with former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson. They are unopposed in the Democratic primary and the automatic nominees for November’s general election.

The Republicans are in the middle of a three-candidate primary. Senate President David Williams of Burkesville and Commissioner of Agriculture Richie Farmer are considered the front-runner slate because of their name recognition and fundraising lead as of the beginning of the year.

The cn|2 Poll showed Beshear and Abramson polling nearly 11 points ahead of Williams and Farmer, but the incumbent governor garnered 48.4% of support — under the 50% threshold.

Louisville businessman Phil Moffett is running with state Rep. Mike Harmon of Boyle County. They would trail the Beshear-Abramson ticket by less than 25 points, the cn|2 Poll showed.

And the ticket of Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw and Navy veteran Bill Vermillion polled 26 points behind Beshear and Abramson in the cn|2 Poll.

In the attorney general’s race, neither incumbent Democrat Jack Conway nor Republican challenger Todd P’Pool has primary opposition.

So as a snapshot of where that race starts, the cn|2 poll shows Conway with 52.1% and P’Pool with 32.7%.

Here’s what Holly and Matt had to say about all that:

In the governor’s race, independent candidate for governor Gatewood Galbraith and running mate Dea Riley have announced their candidacy and have filed to raise money but have not yet qualified to be on the November ballot. Independent candidates have until August to submit 5,000 signatures to enter the statewide race.

- Ryan Alessi

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