New poll shows Sam Brownback leading Paul Davis in Kansas governor’s race

04/22/2014 4:23 PM

04/22/2014 4:23 PM

Maybe things aren’t so bleak for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback after all.

A new poll shows the Republican incumbent leading presumptive Democratic challenger Paul Davis by 7 percentage points.

The poll by Rasmussen, whose surveys have traditionally tilted slightly Republican, showed Brownback at 47 percent and Davis, the Kansas House minority leader from Lawrence, at 40 percent.

Six percent of those polled preferred another candidate, while 7 percent were still undecided.

The automated poll of 750 likely Kansas voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The poll was done April 16 and 17.

The survey seems to reinforce the conventional thought that Brownback is the favorite as he seeks a second term this fall.

But there have been polls showing Brownback as unpopular and even trailing Davis, who still is relatively unknown compared with the incumbent.

A poll of 886 Kansas voters by Public Policy Polling, which leans Democratic, earlier this month found Davis leading Brownback 45 percent to 41 percent. Fourteen percent were undecided.

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