Internal Heiner poll shows race between Comer and Heiner tied

08/05/2014 10:36 AM

An internal polling memo released Friday by the campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner shows the GOP governors race primary is a tie between Heiner and James Comer, who announced his intention to run for the office on Saturday at Fancy Farm.

The poll of 500 Republican likely primary voters conducted by Fabrizio, Lee & Associates, a GOP polling firm, shows Heiner draws 22.4 percent and Comer draws 22.6 percent of voters, with 55 percent of respondents undecided.

The poll was conducted July 28-29, 2014 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percent.

In the head to head portion of the survey respondents were asked “If the Republican Primary for Governor were held today and the candidates were Hal Heiner and James Comer, for whom would you vote?”

The memo also shows both Comer and Heiner with a similar favorability ranking — 10 months before the May primary.

According to the memo, respondent selection was random “within pre-determined geographic units utilizing a sample frame that represents actual likely voter distribution throughout the state. Both landline and cell phone samples were used to complete the survey.”

The survey demographics show an even gender split between respondents with higher geographic responses coming from Louisville and Lexington.

There are several other Republicans still contemplating running in the GOP primary for governor including: Cathy Bailey, Matt Bevin and Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott.

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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