A new poll shows Rep. Jerry Moran with a strong lead over Rep. Todd Tiahrt for the Republican primary in the race to succeed Sen. Sam Brownback, KWCH-TV is reporting.
The new poll, commissioned by KWCH Eyewitness News and conducted by the polling firm SurveyUSA, shows Moran, R-Hays, favored by 52 percent to Tiahrt, R-Goddard’s 29 percent.
Robert Londerholm, a former Kansas attorney general, polled at 4 percent.
The race offers a rare shot at an open seat to replace Brownback, who is leaving the Senate to run for governor.
The poll represents a 10-point increase for Moran and a three-point slip for Tiahrt since an identically worded poll was conducted for the station two months ago.
Tiahrt outpolled Moran in the southeastern part of the state, while Moran ran stronger in western and northeastern Kansas.
The survey of 522 likely GOP primary voters was conducted May 21-23 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.