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Moran maintains lead in new poll

The new Survey USA poll on the Kansas GOP Senate race did not hold good news for the Tiahrt camp.

Moran leads Tiahrt 53-33, a gap of 20 percent. Looking at the March poll by SurveyUSA, Moran jumped 11 points, while Tiahrt only gained one percent. Undecideds dropped to nine percent, from 21 percent in March.

Looking at the crosstabs, Moran has a lead in self-identified conservatives, with 47 percent. Tiahrt shows 39 percent in that block. Going to the Tea Party numbers, Moran leads in both favorable and unfavorable ratings. His Tea Party favorables are 47 percent and his unfavorables are 77 percent. Tiahrt, in the same category has 39 percent favorables and 9 percent unfavorables. All crosstab brackets tilt towards Moran except Southeast Kansas. Even there, however, Tiahrt can only claim a five point advantage (41 percent for Moran, 46 percent for Tiahrt). Moran, as expected has Western Kansas locked with 72 percent.

The whole report can be seen here.

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13 thoughts on “Moran maintains lead in new poll

  1. This may well be accurate since Jerry is spending a lot of time courting the Republican left while Todd has been working the Tea Party circuit and our conservative bastions. The biggest problem with politics these days is that all too often it’s not the cream that rises to the top, but alternatively the old adage that poop floats seems to win out.

    Posted by altevogt | June 28, 2010, 6:41 pm
    • He’s spending a lot of time courting Kansans, as it should be for any politician. A really good and charismatic Republican will draw more people into the framework of ideals that are represented by the Republican party. We won’t win over any conversions by bashing anyone who doesn’t follow our lead.
      I have an old adage too – you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

      Posted by backroadsnewsroom | June 28, 2010, 7:10 pm
      • I have an old adage too, Moran – Don’t piss in my ear and tell me it’s raining.

        Posted by rex1980 | June 29, 2010, 3:23 am
      • This is a complete non sequitor. The folks he’s courting aren’t interested in the “framework of ideals that are represented by the Republican party.” Indeed, quite the opposite, they’ve spent decades trying to make sure the Republican Party has no ideals. If anyone is being converted here it would be Moran, not the weasels he’s hanging out with. Let’s try another old adage. You lay down with dogs and you wake up with fleas.

        Posted by altevogt | June 29, 2010, 4:14 am
  2. I’ve honestly never heard that. You must be well past retirement age.

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | June 29, 2010, 3:50 am
    • Note, this comment appears to have been aimed at rex1980. I steal all of my material from modern sources (actually, so did rex. I believe his adage is from The Outlaw Josey Wales.) However, I have hit retirement age, or what used to be retirement age before the government bankrupted the system.

      Posted by altevogt | June 29, 2010, 4:17 am
  3. At the end of March,till the end of the third week in May, the Moran war chest determined the issues to be discussed over the TV, radio and print. It was not until the end of May that the Tiahrt Campaign ramped up and started countering the Moran advertising blitz.

    What I have determined are three themes the Moran camp has fixated on;
    1.Mr. Moran is the true consistent Conservative; 2.Mr. Moran is a truer Kansan because he returns home more often to see his constituents and family; 3. Mr. Moran has taken an election eve pledge that earmarks are bad things.

    Permit me to address these three themes.

    1.Steve Forbes, Bill Bennett, Carl Rove, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Dr. James Dobson, Kansans For Life, Phyllis Schafley are some of the endorsements given to Mr. Tiahrt NOT Mr. Moran. They are important because they fashion the intellectual framework and issues of the Republican Party. Mr. Tiahrt is the consistent conservative, therefore he received their endorsement. Mr. Moran is a spinmeister, an apple polisher, therefore he does not receive the endorsements of leading Republican politicos and intellectuals. They do not trust him for he is perceived as a RINO/CINO.

    2.I have addressed the duplicitous non-issue before of Mr. Moran claiming he has deeper Kansas values and roots, because he comes home more often. What galls me is that I did the digging and found out Mr. Tiahrt, out of the last 187 week-ends came home to his District 157 times! Where the heck was the press in doing its job of fact checking Mr. Moran’s assertion? Hmmmmm. Mr. Tiahrt was with his constituents and family no more or no less than Mr. Moran.

    3.My friends, I have examined several of the the Earmark projects both our Congressmen have brought back to Kansas. I did not find studies of cow flatulence, the mating habits of the bumble bee or bridges to no where. What I did find for Mr. Tiahrt were projects like, Special funding to catch the BTK serial killer, Funding to reduce the flooding of the Cowskin Creek in west Wichita, Highway funds to complete the Rock Road exchange in Wichita. For Mr. Moran I found Earmarks for the KU Center for International Trade & Agriculture, Funds for the Restoration of the McPherson Opera House, Funds for a building project at Hutchinson Jr. College.

    Now fellow Kansans here is the question. Are the above projects bad things? No! Do these Earmarks add to the national debt? Surprisingly, No, because these funds are already appropriated and in the budget. I contend like Mr. Tiahrt, if the monies are appropriated then let’s bring it home to Kansas.

    One final thought. If these projects are good things for Kansas and both our Congressmen have exercised good judgement why would we want to artifically handcuff our Congressmen and Senators by holding them to a “NO,EARMARK PLEDGE.” Punish them if they get stupid or greedy but don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, like Mr. Moran wants to do, or these projects will end up in some other state. Do we truely want that to happen?

    Posted by jdn1947 | June 29, 2010, 10:19 am
  4. The biggest problem that we have with the system is that whenever we get mad at one party and get in the mood to throw the bums out, the worst candidates of the other party seems to ooze to the top.

    In the 3rd District Dennis Moore finally steps down and who’s in line to replace him? On the Democrat side his goofy know nothing, no experience wife. Wonderful, now Dennis can go back to DC and spend even more time trolling the bars. But the Republicans are no better. The worst candidate in the field is Kevin Yoder, a scandal looking for somewhere to land, awash with cash from Missouri and the sleaze element of JOCO, is leading a pack of conservatives, all of whom are taking small chunks of the vote.

    The Senate race is no better. Tiahrt clearly is the choice of people who want a strong and principled leader. Who do we get? Jerry Moran, indecisive and wishy-washy, but willing to rub elbows with the worst elements in JOCO’s corrupt establishment.

    I’m pretty much to the point of just voting for the Libertarian. Sure they’ll lose, but at least I won’t be complicit with putting some one in office who’s worse than the guy we just kicked out.

    Posted by altevogt | June 29, 2010, 2:11 pm
  5. Sean Hannity has joined Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Karl Rove, Dr. James Dobson and a host of other principled Americans in endorsing Todd Tiahrt and in spite of that, if the polls are to be believed, the lesser candidate will win the nomination.

    Posted by altevogt | June 29, 2010, 2:45 pm
  6. Has Tiahrt even met any of these people (besides Rove who wanted to sell some books)? I guarantee he doesn’t have enough clout to even get a phone call through to Sarah Palin. What a joke.
    I think the polls reflect the fact Kansans can think for themselves and know who the better candidate is, despite these strange endorsements.
    I pay no attention to Moran’s endorsements either. I think endorsements are for the naive and uninformed (and with all the endorsements Tiahrt is promoting right now, the naive and uninformed must be the only kind of people Tiahrt’s campaign thinks they could win over against Moran.)

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | June 29, 2010, 2:57 pm
  7. You’re showing your ignorance of who some of these folks are. I guarantee you that Dr. Dobson would not have endorsed Todd in this race without thoroughly vetting both he and Moran. these people are not ignorant. They know these candidates and they know their records and in many cases, your silly ad hominem against Rove aside, have nothing to gain from seeing them get elected other than the knowledge that the better candidate has, for once, won.

    What you demonstrate is the concept of projecting, i.e. accusing others of your own flaws. It is you who show your own ignorance by trying to besmirch the reputations of people you can’t hold a candle to and know nothing about.

    Posted by altevogt | June 29, 2010, 3:07 pm
    • The only thing about which I’m ignorant is why the word “besmirch” hasn’t been dropped from our modern lexicon.
      As for endorsements, I respect all of those individuals. My point is I would hope people would educate themselves on the actual records of elected officials, try to meet them when they do town hall-style visits, figure out if their own values and priorities match those of the candidate, and then make their own decision on who will win their vote.
      Endorsements are for lazy voters, in my opinion. Lazy voters are bad for our great nation. Lazy voters don’t pay attention to the actual issues and they vote for charismatic speakers like President Obama. God help us all.

      Posted by backroadsnewsroom | June 29, 2010, 3:26 pm
  8. Most people do not have the access to information that many of the people in Tiahrt’s list of endorsees have and we’ve learned not to trust our media sources, hence endorsements from informed sources become even more important, not less.

    I agree that 1. or 2 endorsements do not make for wise selections, particularly if there can be a potential conflict of interest. However, the weight of the list of those endorsing Tiahrt is simply overwhelming and would be useful to anyone with an open mind.

    You’ve obviously made your choice, and no amount of evidence is going to sway your choice. That’s fine, you have that right as an American to choose your candidate for any, or no reason, but it’s silly to then insult those who approach the process with an open mind and who choose to use the weight of a lengthy list of principled endorsers as one part of their decision making process.

    Posted by altevogt | June 29, 2010, 3:47 pm

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