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New poll shows Craft gaining ground on Cameron in GOP gubernatorial primary

But over 20 percent were still undecided, with the primary election just weeks away.

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(from top left) Ryan Quarles, Daniel Cameron, Kelly Craft, Eric Deters, Mike Harmon, Alan Keck

Former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft gained significant ground on Attorney General Daniel Cameron in the race for the Republican nominee in the Kentucky gubernatorial election, according to a poll conducted by Fox 56 and Emerson College.

The poll surveyed 900 “very likely” Republican voters.

Craft now sits just six points behind Cameron, who polled at 30%. In the last public poll conducted by Mason-Dixon, Cameron led the Republican pack at 39%, with Craft sitting second at 13%.

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles also gained significant ground, moving from 8% in the Mason-Dixon Poll to 15% in the Fox 56/Emerson College poll.

Former Northern Kentucky attorney Eric Deters is sitting in fourth place at 6% — he polled under 2% in the Mason-Dixon poll. State Auditor Mike Harmon dropped from 5% in the Mason-Dixon poll to 1.7%.

20.7% were still undecided.

Craft’s gain in the polls comes after her campaign and the Commonwealth PAC — which supports Craft but isn’t connected to her campaign — has spent nearly $4 million on TV ads, according to Medium Buying. Cameron’s campaign and the Bluegrass Freedom Action Pac have spent $200,000.

Cameron’s first ad recently attacked Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear over the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Craft’s ads have primarily branded Cameron as a “soft-on-crime teddy bear.”

In hitting the campaign trail this week with former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines — an outspoken conservative in favor of banning transgender women in women’s sports — Craft brought her message of “dismantling” the Department of Education and removing “wokeness” from Kentucky’s schools.

An ad released this week featured “woke bureaucrats” parachuting into a school to teach critical race theory.


Written by Mark Payne. Cross-posted from Link NKY.

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