Thursday, May 15, 2003

Poll has Chandler, Fletcher leading

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - A poll shows Democrat Ben Chandler and Republican Ernie Fletcher have maintained their leads in their primary races for governor, although Chandler's lead has fallen since a similar poll in February, the Courier-Journal reported Wednesday.

Among Democrats, Chandler had support from 31 percent of those who said they are likely to vote in Tuesday's primary, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll. Bruce Lunsford had 19 percent, Jody Richards 14 percent and Otis Hensley 1 percent.

The poll found 35 percent of Democrats undecided or favoring other candidates, but many of those may not vote.

Among those whose answers to questions about their backgrounds indicated they would vote, Chandler did even better.

In the Republican race, Fletcher had 37 percent, Rebecca Jackson 20 percent, Steve Nunn 12 percent and Virgil Moore 2 percent, with 29 percent undecided.

The poll was conducted by telephone May 6 through Sunday.

It surveyed 600 likely Democratic voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, and 414 likely Republican voters, with an error margin of 4.8 percentage points.

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