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September 30, 2014

Democratic Poll: Lee Terry in Dead Heat

Democratic Poll: Lee Terry in Dead Heat

Terry is a Republican from Nebraska. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new Democratic internal poll showed Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., could face a difficult fight for re-election in 2014.

The poll, commissioned by the campaign of his Democratic foe, Brad Ashford, showed the two men in a virtual tie. Each candidate had the support of 41 percent of the likely voters surveyed. A third candidate, libertarian Steven Laird, had the backing of 4 percent of respondents.

Terry faces challenges with his favorability ratings, according to the poll. Thirty-six percent of those interviewed held a favorable impression of the congressman, while 63 percent had a negative view of him.

Ashford, a state senator, is less well-known than the incumbent, but had a net positive rating. Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they had a favorable impression of the challenger, while 18 percent said they viewed him unfavorably.

Another potential contender, former Republican state Sen. Chip Maxwell, was not included in the polling memo information. He is running as an independent in the race, creating angst among national Republican groups.

Here is the full polling memo:

This live interview telephone survey was conducted among 400 likely general election voters in the 2nd District. Jefrey Pollock of Global Strategy Group conducted the survey on behalf of the Ashford campaign. The margin of error was 4.9 percent.

Terry announced Tuesday that longtime state Republican operative Kent Grisham joined his political team as campaign manager.

“Kent brings more than 25 years of experience in the Omaha political and media professional circles to our campaign,” Terry said in a statement. “We are totally dedicated to the needs of the people of the second congressional district, and Kent’s role will be to make sure we’re getting that word out through a highly energized campaign.”

The race is rated Favored Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • edree

    No surprise that conservatives/ Republicans might shoot themselves in the proverbial foot by splitting the conservative vote and allowing another liberal into government.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES ARE A DISGRACE TO THIS COUNTRY. THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO PUT THEIR PARTY’S POLITICAL AGENDA ABOVE THE NEEDS OF THOSE IN DIRE NEED IN OUR COUNTRY. FOR SEVERAL MONTHS THEY HAVE PLAYED POLITICAL GAMES WITH EACH OTHER, WITH THE UNEMPLOYED AS THE TRUE LOSERS. THEY HAVE SHOWN A TOTAL LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON DECENCY TOWARDS THESE FAMILIES WITHOUT AN EXTENSION OF BENEFITS SINCE LAST DECEMBER. THEY HAVE USED THE PLIGHT OF THESE FAMILIES AS A BARGAINING CHIP FOR POLITICAL LEVERAGE. THEY DON’T CARE THAT THESE MILLIONS OF FAMILIES SUFFERED FINANCIAL RUIN, AND MANY LOSS THEIR HOMES, WAITING FOR THE SENATE TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND FINALLY PASS THE EXTENSION BILL. NONE OF THESE POLITICIANS SHOULD BE IN OFFICE. THEY ARE UNWORTHY OF THE JOB.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    THERE ARE STILL 3 MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES WITHOUT AN EXTENSION BILL, SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER, BECAUSE OF THE POLITICAL GAMES AND INFIGHTING OF BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES. MANY OF THESE FAMILIES ARE NOW IN FINANCIAL RUIN, AND MANY HAVE BECOME HOMELESS. THESE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN USED AS BARGAINING CHIPS, AND FOR POLITICAL LEVERAGE BY SENATE REPUBLICANS.WHILE CONGRESS RECENTLY APPROVED BILLIONS OF DOLLARSIN FOREIGN AID FOR THE UKRAINE, AND PLAN ON SPENDING EVEN MORE TO EUROPE FOR DEFENSE, NOT ONE DOLLAR IS GIVEN TO THESE FAMILIES SINCE LAST DECEMBER. WHERE IS THE SO CALLED FAMILY VALUES OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY? THEY HAVE SHOWN A TOTAL LACK OF VALUES AND COMPASSION TO THOSE HURTING AND STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE IN A POOR ECONOMY. THESE CAREER POLITICIANS MUST BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE IN THE NEXT ELECTION.

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