Poll shows Moran still leading, but Tiahrt gaining ground

With only hours remaining before the election, a poll released today showed Jerry Moran continued to hold a lead over Todd Tiahrt in their Republican primary race for the Senate, but the margin between the two Kansas congressmen has narrowed.

Moran held a 10 percentage point lead in a poll conducted by SurveyUSA for KWCH, Channel 12. That’s 4 points less than the lead Moran held over Tiahrt two weeks ago.

Over the last two months, Tiahrt has gained 10 points. “Todd Tiahrt continues to gain ground on Jerry Moran, with a close finish possible,” the pollster wrote.

In the poll, Moran received 49 percent and Tiahrt 39 percent.  Tom Little, a Mound City accountant, picked up 3 percent. Robert Londerholm, who withdrew from the race last month but whose name will be on the ballot, was at 2 percent. Eight percent were undecided. The margin of error was a plus or minus 3.5 percent.

On the Democratic side of the Senate primary, the poll had Baker University assistant dean Lisa Johnston with a slight lead over journalist Charles Schollenberger. Johnston received 29 percent and Schollenberger 21 percent. The margin of error was 4.8 percent.

State Sen. David Haley had 12 percent, attorney Patick Wiesner 6 percent and retired railroad engineer Bob Conroy 7 percent. There were 25 percent undecided.

The polls were conducted from last Thursday through Sunday. Of those polled, 837 were determined likely to be Republican voters in the primary and 441 were determined to be Democratic voters in the primary.