Williams-Farmer releases internal poll saying they have 37-point lead in GOP primary

02/07/2011 03:02 PM

The Republican gubernatorial slate of Senate President David Williams and Agricultural Commissioner Richie Farmer released an internal poll 2011 showing their ticket ahead in the three-way Republican primary with 47% of support from respondents.

That would give the pair a 37-point lead over their next competitor, the ticket of Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw and her running mate, Bill Vermillion, who received 10%, the Williams-Farmer campaign released to reporters Monday.

Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and his lieutenant governor candidate — state Rep. Mike Harmon — garnered support from 9% of those polled, according to the memo.

About a third of the 1,015 likely GOP primary voters who were polled said they were undecided.

The poll, conducted by Got-Focus LLC for the Williams-Farmer campaign, was taken Feb. 1-2, according to the memo. The survey was an automated telephone survey. It has a margin of error is 3.1 percentage points.

Pollster Brian Gottlieb, president of Got-Focus, called the results “particularly strong” in the polling memo considering none of the campaigns have started advertising so far. The memo can be viewed here.

David Adams, campaign manager for Moffett and Harmon, dismissed the poll, calling it “smoke and mirrors.” Adams said the Moffett campaign planned to poll the race soon.

“David Williams campaigns like he governs and like the budgets he writes and calls balanced while piling huge debt on Kentuckians. It’s all smoke a and mirrors. Kentuckians won’t support a pension millionaire when they realize how they got there,” Adams said, referring to Williams legislative pension.

Mike Karem, an adviser for the Holsclaw campaign, said the poll numbers show that “53% of voters want someone other than David Williams.” Karem said a poll the Holsclaw campaign took previously showed similar numbers, but had Williams-Farmer at 40%. That poll also included Cathy Bailey, a former U.S. ambassador to Latvia and philanthropist from Louisville who did not enter the race.

“Those aren’t great numbers if your suppose to be the leader of the pack,” Karem said.

- Kenny Colston

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