A poll by Davenport-based Victory Enterprises shows State Senator Brad Zaun with a sizable lead over his primary opponents. Victory Enterprises is a paid consultant for Zaun’s congressional campaign.
The poll shows Zaun leading the field of candidates with 26%, while Gibbons had 5%, and Dave Funk had less than 4%. The two other candidates in the race, Patrick Bertroche and Mark Rees, had less than 3 percent. More than 60% of those surveyed remain undecided.
Zaun is the most well known candidate in the race. He has served in elected office for nearly 20 years, and represents a Republican senate district in Polk County. In addition to being the most known, Zaun’s campaign has also been the most active out of the gate. His campaign has robo-called Republican activists, produced and aired a television ad, and now polled the race.
Zaun’s early activity is similar to that of another former Victory Enterprises client, 2008 2nd Congressional District candidate Peter Teahen. In May of 2008, Victory Enterprises polled the 2nd Congressional District. Teahen, the better known candidate from the largest county in the district, had a big lead in the poll.
In VE’s 2008 poll showed Peter Teahen with 36% of the vote, while Miller-Meeks had 14 percent, and Lee Harder netted 7.5 percent. Forty-one percent of likely GOP primary voters were undecided. Despite the Teahen’s early lead, Miller-Meeks won the primary by 218 votes.
The difference between the 2008 2nd District race and this year’s 3rd District primary is that Gibbons has created a huge fundraising advantage over his opponents. Thus far, Gibbons has not run any ads, sent mail, or paid for phone calls.
The money race between Teahen and Miller-Meeks in the primary was tight. While Miller-Meeks outraised her opponent, Teahen had the ability to loan his campaign a considerable amount of money. Gibbons has already raised more money in his first fundraising quarter than Miller-Meeks and Teahen spent combined in the 2nd District primary.
Victory Enterprises poll proves that Zaun is the most known candidate in the primary field, but with 60% of likely primary voters undecided it’s clear that not many people have made up their mind yet.
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