GOP gubernatorial poll shows race a 'toss-up'

01/29/2015 01:06 PM

The four way Republican primary for governor is essentially a toss-up in the early days of the race according to a new Remington Research Group poll.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer leads the Republican primary field by a slim margin in the poll with 22 percent of respondents favoring his candidacy, Matt Bevin with 19 percent, Hal Heiner with 18 percent and Will T. Scott trailing the field with 5 percent. A significant number of voters, 35 percent, remain undecided according to the poll.

“A good old fashioned Kentucky horse race is developing in the Republican primary for Governor. Three of the four candidates are within the margin of error. Looking at the data, this race is definitely a toss-up,” said Titus Bond of Remington Research Group.

The survey was conducted January 27 to January 28, 2015. 1066 likely Republican primary voters participated in the survey. Remington said the survey was weighted to match expected turnout demographics for the 2015 Kentucky Republican Primary Election. The margin of error is +/-2.98 percent.

The survey also asked voters to rank the candidates favorability, something Heiner edged the other candidates with 33 percent favorable ranking, 10 percent unfavorable and 58 percent undecided.

Comer had a 31 percent favorable ranking with 9 percent ranking him unfavorable and 60 percent undecided. Bevin stayed with the top three with a 30 percent favorable ranking, 17 percent unfavorable and 52 percent of respondents undecided.

Former Justice Scott, trailed the pack with a 12 percent favorable ranking, 11 percent
Unfavorable and 77 percent undecided.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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