Given the political climate of the 1st Congressional District, it’s no surprise that the latest SurveyUSA poll, commissioned by KWCH Ch. 12, shows voters overwhelming support Tim Huelskamp over Democrat candidate Alan Jilka in the big for Rep. Jerry Moran’s seat.
Huelskamp was the winner of the Aug. 3 primary election, taking 35 percent of the vote. He beat out five other Republican candidates for the nomination, including fellow state Senator Jim Barnett. The latest poll shows Huelskamp receiving 65 percent of the vote compared to Jilka’s 23 percent.
Jack Warner, who is running as a Libertarian, received 7 percent of the support, according to poll numbers. Five percent of voters poll were still undecided.
The Jilka campaign is no doubt trying to gain the support of more moderate voters who saw their candidate’s run end Aug. 3. Huelskamp emerged as the most conservative candidate in the ran and campaigned on a list of conservative initiatives include pro-life, pro-gun and less government spending.
But the state’s republican party has signed a pledge to stand behind the Republican nominees from the primary and the overwhelming number of Republicans will no doubt present a tough environment for Jilka to win in.