Latest Poll: Democratic Candidate Maintains Lead in Secretary of State Election | Politics
Indianapolis — New poll saysIndiana Secretary of StateWhenUS Senatethe Republican candidates each lost by 4 percentage points and won by just 2 points.
The September 25th and 26th polls of 600 people were administered by ARW Strategies and Indy Politics. (The Statehouse File publishes an opinion piece by Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, editor and publisher of Indy Politics.)
In the Secretary of State race, polls now predict Republican candidate Diego Morales will be upset by Democrat Destiny Wells, who holds 36% of the vote.
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“It’s always nice to see polls that reflect what we hear every day in this race. We know Destiny is the right answer for the incoming Secretary of State, Lindsay Haake, director of communications for the Wells campaign, said in a statement to the Statehouse Files:
The Morales camp also issued the following statement to the Statehouse Files: The only poll that matters to Diego is from Election Day. ”
As noted by Indy Politics, polls were conducted prior to the website’s release.transcriptTwo women who have anonymously claimed to have been sexually harassed by Morales.
Morales issued a statement on September 30, when the allegations were made public, denying them, saying one of the women was a volunteer for Wells’ campaign and the other was an advocate.
“With 39 days to go until the election, the timing is clearly politically motivated,” the statement said.
The poll found that 65% of Republicans support Morales, compared to 82% of Democrats who support Wells.
In the Senate election, incumbent Senator Todd Young (Republican) has 39% of the vote, while Tom McDermott has 37%. 17% of him remain undecided, including 28% of him with no affiliation.
ARW Strategies founder Andrew Weissert told Indy Politics that Young “is likely to be terminated.”[s] He wins nearly 90% of his party’s voters”—he is currently at 76%, according to polls—and that “will give McDermott a much harder road.”
Meanwhile, 85% of Democrats support McDermott, Shabazz told Statehouse Files.
Overall, “Republican candidates shouldn’t be particularly excited about this information,” said Andrew Downes, emeritus director of the Mike Downes-Indiana Political Center at Purdue University-Fort Wayne.
Downs also said there was an issue with each faction of the Republican party not supporting the two candidates, which would likely hurt Morales.
“Young’s character is not questioned. Young’s commitment to ideology is questioned. And Young, through the votes he took, the legislation he sponsored, etc., demonstrated his commitment to Republican ideals.” ,” Downes said.
Shabazz made the same point, stating that Young failed to attract MAGA supporters and that “Diego has problems with established supporters who are traditional Republican supporters.”
Downs said Democrats were likely to win in either constituency, noting that Wells is not at odds with the incumbents and doesn’t need to raise as much money as McDermott.
“[I]If Wells can muster the right resources, she’s probably in a better position than McDermott,” Downes said.
The poll’s respondent pool was 43% Republicans, 33% Democrats, and 24% independents or third parties.
Jack Sells is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website run by journalism students at Franklin College.