Poll finds tighter races for sheriff, DA

The latest SurveyUSA poll of 458 GOP primary voters in Sedgwick County found the sheriff’s race to be neck and neck and Deputy District Attorney Marc Bennett still likely to succeed the retiring District Attorney Nola Foulston. In the poll, conducted for KWCH, Channel 12, Sheriff Bob Hinshaw had 45 percent support, compared with challenger Jeff Easter’s 47 percent. SurveyUSA noted that “wealthy and educated voters back Hinshaw. Less-affluent and less-educated voters back Easter.” Fifty percent of those surveyed early this week favored Bennett over former Deputy District Attorney Kevin O’Connor, who garnered 40 percent support. “Bennett runs strongly among males, older voters, those with a four-year college degree, pro-choice voters and those who do not own a gun,” SurveyUSA noted. “O’Connor is strong among younger voters and tea party members.” In its mid-July poll, SurveyUSA had Bennett ahead by 18 percentage points and Easter ahead by 11 points.