A polling memo released on Friday, Aug. 1 reveals the race for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination is a dead heat. In a survey conducted by Fabrizio Lee and Associates, Republican candidate Hal Heiner and presumed candidate Agriculture Commissioner James Comer each drew the support of 22 percent of Republican likely voters. A large percentage of the electorate remains undecided almost ten months prior to next May’s primary. A March 2 survey from Public Opinion Strategies showed Comer leading Heiner 42 to 14.
“This dramatic shift in the electorate indicates Kentucky voters are embracing Hal’s decades-long track record in job attraction and his jobs-first message that puts Kentucky families ahead of Frankfort politicians,” said Heiner Campaign Manager Joe Burgan. Additionally, the memo notes Heiner and Comer share similar name ID throughout the state, reinforcing numbers released earlier this week in the Bluegrass poll.
Gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner said, “As I meet with Kentuckians from across our Commonwealth, the overwhelming message I hear is that we need a Governor with an outsiders perspective, someone who is concerned with growing and attracting high-quality jobs, not the political status quo. I am gratified that so many have joined our campaign, and I look forward to building on this momentum during the next ten months. I am confident that we will have all of the resources necessary to communicate our winning message to Kentuckians next spring.”