KY-Sen: Conway Takes The Lead In Internal Polling
by Nathan Empsall, Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 05:58:00 PM EDT
I just got off the phone with Kentucky AG Jack Conway, the preferred candidate of the Netroots in the Democratic Primary for US Senate. I'll post our interview probably Sunday night, once I've had a chance to change my short-hand to prose, but there is one nuggest I wanted to post now:
Conway said that according to their internal polling, he's now moved ahead of Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo in the primary. The most recent SurveyUSA poll, conducted last week, showed him three points behind Mongiardo, but that was before a number of scandals concerning Mongiardo's improper use of public funds became public. Internal polls show the scandals have made a difference.
I look forward to the next external scientific poll, but I think that come May 18 we're going to see a nominee Conway, and nothing could be better for the Democratic Party and the US Senate.
In addition to this polling news, the campaign had good news about its finances vis-a-vis both Mongiardo and the Republican candidates in a press release earlier today:
The campaign reported raising $215,684 for the quarter ending March 31, 2010, bringing its total raised to date to a whopping $2.5 million. Conway has raised more than any other candidate running for Senate, including Republicans Rand Paul and Trey Grayson. And as of the last reporting period ending December 31, 2009, Conway's chief Democratic opponent Daniel Mongiardo had raised only $1.47 million. But he had already burned through nearly half of that by the end of the year, leaving his campaign with only $783,000 cash on hand. On the other hand, the Conway campaign had $1.3 million cash on hand as of April 1, 2010.