With the general election almost three months away, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth’s campaign has released a recent survey that shows the two-term leading with 58 percent of the vote going into November. The poll was conducted by Cooper and Secrest Associates in late June and shows Yarmuth with a 26-point lead over Republican challenger Todd Lally, who pulls in 32 percent. The poll shows that 10 percent of voters are still undecided.
“This survey demonstrates that Louisville voters are proud of the work Congressman Yarmuth has done to revitalize the economy, bring more good jobs to Louisville, and support our veterans and military families,” said Elizabeth Sawyer, Yarmuth’s campaign manager in a press release. “Louisvillians want him to keep fighting for their priorities in Congress, and he’s right on track for another big win in November.”
The poll also shows that 67 percent of those supporting Yarmuth are “strongly committed” to their candidate compared to only 50 percent among Lally’s supporters. That’s important to remember considering that after the GOP primary, Lally had a noted boost from the Tea Party movement, which is expected to impact congressional elections nationwide.The poll has a margin of error of 4.4 percent and surveyed 566 registered voters.
Still, Lally, a lieutenant colonel in the Kentucky Air National Guard and a newcomer to politics, surprised many observers when he outraised Yarmuth in the second-quarter of the campaign. According to financial reports submitted by both campaigns, Lally managed to raise $289,000 compared to Yarmuth’s $204,000 in the same period. Still, Yarmuth, has more cash on-hand with a hefty $600,000 in his coffers.