Democrat David Boswell holds solid lead in re-election race, cn|2 poll shows

10/01/2010 07:14 PM

State Sen. David Boswell has a comfortable lead in his re-election fight against Republican Joe Bowen, the latest cn|2 poll shows. Boswell, a Democrat, has a 21 percentage point lead over Bowen, a small business owner who has served as a state representative before.

Bowen has made the race about Boswell’s incumbency and overall long tenure in Frankfort. Before being elected to the state Senate in 1990, Boswell served as agricultural commissioner and in the state House of Representatives.

Here’s the Pure Politics report on how the candidates have framed the race:

The cn|2 Poll, taken Sept. 29 and 30, found that Boswell was ahead 56.5% to Bowens 35.3% in the race.

The poll of 452 likely voters was conducted by live interviewers from Braun Research, Inc., of Princeton, N.J. It has a margin of error of 4.6 points.Click here to view the details, other questions asked  in the survey and the crosstabs.

The cn|2 poll shows the 8th Senate District, which includes Daviess and part of McLean counties, aren’t as upset with Democrats as voters in other parts of the state.

  • About 67 percent of those surveyed approved of the job Boswell was doing in the state Senate, compared to 20 percent who disapproved.
  • More than 50 percent want Democrats to control the state Senate, compared to 38 percent for Republicans.
  • The district also favors leaving control of Congress up to Democrats, 46 to 40 percent.
  • U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway, a Democrat, holds an 11-point lead over Republican Rand Paul.

The area includes Owensboro and Daviess County is home to former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford, the last Democrat to hold a U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky. Boswell has said he makes no apologies for the work he’s done in Frankfort, while Bowen repeatedly hammers home that Owensboro hasn’t had a “seat at the table in Frankfort.”

The seat has been considered one of the most competitive this election cycle and Bowen has had Senate President David Williams, Paul and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in to fundraise.

- Kenny Colston


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