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New Daily KOS Poll – U.S. Senate Race Still Headed for HOLT/Boozman Run-Off

With just six days before the Arkansas primary elections, the new May 13 Daily KOS poll still indicates that the eight man race for the Republican nomination may well be coming down to a two-man race — John Boozman and Jim Holt.

The Daily KOS poll released yesterday, May 13, still shows no candidate winning the majority necessary to avoid a run-off election. Not only is Jim Holt 2nd in the poll but also has moved up two percentage points since the last poll and moved up from six percentage points to seven percentage points above Senator Gilbert Baker. And the front runner, Congress John Boozman, polled two percentage points lower than in the last Mason Dixon poll conducted May 6. (See links to the poll at end of this Press Release)

This Daily KOS poll includes much more information than the Mason Dixon poll did. It ranks all the candidates favorable and unfavorable ratings by all demographic groups. In today’s poll Jim Holt’s favorable rating is very close to that of Congressman Boozman’s. Among likely Republican primary voters Boozman’s favorable rating is 72% and his unfavorable rating is 15%. Jim Holt’s favorable rating is 67% and unfavorable 11%.

Boozman’s unfavorable rating is actually 4 percentage points higher than Holt’s among likely Republican primary voters. That is quite astounding considering all the positive media coverage Boozman has received and the hundreds of TV ads he has run, and the lack of coverage and/or negative coverage of Jim Holt’s race and with no TV ads. And Holt is on the way up according to the poll and has the momentum on the campaign trail. Holt has run a few radio ads this week and will be running more in the next few days.

Not only is Holt seven percentage points above Senator Baker’s in this poll, but his favorable ratings are also six percentage points better than Baker’s among likely Republican primary voters. And Baker’s unfavorable ratings are six percentage points higher than Holt’s. Again, this is astounding considering Baker has raised a million dollars and has been running TV ads for some time now.

“The grass roots are truly amazing,” Jim Holt said, “We are so very grateful for all the work our supporters have done and continue to do. And if elected, we will work for them and their interests just as they are working for us in this campaign.”

“We’re pleased that we are second in the poll, Holt continued. “We realize it is an uphill battle, but our supporters are fired up! We hope and pray the supporters of the other six candidates will rally behind us when we make the run-off. Once people see our voting record of less government control and spending, we’ll win by a landslide! It’s not even close.”

Rasmussen reports that seventy-four percent (74%) of Republican voters say their party’s representatives in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters nationwide over the past several years. Congressman Boozman would fit in that category since he has been in Congress for the past nine years now.

While trailing Boozman, Holt polled seven points ahead of Gilbert Baker who has raised more money than all six of the other candidates combined (excluding Boozman). Holt leads the rest of the field by double-digits. If the poll results hold true, Boozman and Holt could very well meet in a run-off election on June 8.

“If we can get in the run-off, we will have these next five days and three more weeks to get a comparison of Boozman’s and my voting record out across the state”, Holt said.

Boozman voted for the deficit-exploding TARP bailout legislation and has become a Beltway fixture when it comes to voting to raise the federal debt ceiling. He also has been a strong proponent of the “No Child Left Behind” legislation that has undermined state and local control of school districts.

“Blanche Lincoln is the incumbent Democrat running for the U.S. Senate seat in Arkansas,” Holt said. “But John Boozman is as much an incumbent as Blanche Lincoln. His voting record should be examined just as closely as Lincoln’s.”

Holt noted his gratitude for Boozman’s service as the lone Republican representing Arkansas in those nine years. He added that Boozman has been a “shining light” on social issues. But, he said, people are just now discovering Boozman’s record on fiscal issues and on increasing government control.

“I hate to be the one to point it out,” Holt said, “but the Democrat opponent in the Senate race will point out again and again that our national debt rose from $5.7 trillion to $10.5 trillion from 2001 to 2008 — when the Republican administration was in power. And John Boozman voted with the party 97% of the time. He will be painted as part of the problem – and not the solution.”

On the other hand, Jim Holt has a 100% conservative voting record on both social and fiscal issues.

“Unlike some of the other candidates, I consistently vote the actual Republican platform of smaller government and fewer taxes,” Holt says. “My principle for voting has always been simple: If it empowers the government, I vote against it. If it empowers the individuals and encourages personal responsibility, I vote for it.”

The evidence is in his voting record. Except for a minor beer tax, (which when brought back in two more sessions, Holt voted against it and tried to kill it) Holt voted against the increase in sales tax in Arkansas and every other tax when he was a state legislator for six years. He even voted against his own legislative pay raise — every time.

Many people have noted that Boozman may be the weakest GOP candidate against Blanche Lincoln, the likely Democrat winner of the primary.

Boozman is the only candidate of the eight who can’t use the $700 billion bailout against Lincoln (or have it used against him if Halter wins the Democratic primary).

Boozman can’t use the Washington insider aspect against Lincoln, but it can be used against him if Halter wins.

Boozman has been given very low scores by the Club for Growth because of his multiple earmarks, and the media has already hammered Boozman on the fact that he took more trips around the world at taxpayers’ expense than any Democrat in the state.

Boozman is financed by the corporate world much like Lincoln.

But Jim Holt’s campaign is grassroots all the way. Most of his work is done by volunteers. Jim Holt said, “I owe nothing to the corporate world, the lobbyists, or the establishment; I will be able to truly represent the people and their interests in Washington as I did in the Arkansas legislature. I think that is what people have been looking for and they will become more aware of it when the voting records become more public.

If we can get our voting record out to the people — and I think we can — we’ll win this race for the U.S. Senate… in a landslide.”

The voting records can be found at Record at http://www.jimholt2010.com/record. They were compiled independently by the Women’s Action Group and we are thankful for their diligence to inform the public.

Links to most recent Daily KOS poll: May 13


Link to the Mason Dixon poll May 6, poll: http://arkansasnews.com/2010/05/06/poll-lincoln-leads-halter-boozman-leads-both-democrats/


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