In the poll of 801 likely Republican voters, Massie leads the race by 10 points over state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington, who takes second. The survey done by Wenzel Strategies has Massie with 32 percent, Webb-Edgington with 22 percent and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore third with 17 percent. The remaining four candidates each had less than 5 percent support; 21 percent of the respondents said they were “Not sure”.
The survey was conducted April 19-20; the margin of error is +/- 3.43 percentage points. The Kentucky primary is May 22.
Massie is popular among Tea Party members and is closely linked to Rand and Ron Paul. Texas congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul sent a campaign fund-raising letter to Fourth District voters earlier this month, expressing his support for Massie. Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul reportedly was unhappy that Webb-Edgington recently received endorsements from former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning and current Fourth Dist. U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis.
Rand Paul’s chief of staff, Doug Stafford, told The Associated Press on Tuesday ”Sen. Paul had decided to stay neutral in the primary in order to keep the playing field level for all the candidates. But with others seeking to influence the race, Sen. Paul is now reconsidering his decision.”
Aside from Bunning and Davis, Webb-Edgington has received endorsements from 20 prominent state Republicans, including former GOP party chairmen Bob Gable and John McCarthy, former Kenton Judge-Executives Clyde Middleton and Dick Murgatroyd and former state senator Dick Roeding.
According to recent Federal Election Commission reports, Moore leads in campaign contributions, with $238,495 reported. Massie is in second with $152,529 and Webb-Edgington has raised $128,585 for her campaign. Massie has donated $80,000 to his campaign.