Public Opinion Strategies Polls in Five Successful Gubernatorial Races and for Ten New Members of Congress


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The survey research firm of Public Opinion Strategies (POS) polled for winning candidates in eleven of the highest profile Gubernatorial races this year, in five of the big GOP wins in Senate races, and for ten new Members of Congress this election cycle. Including independent expenditure efforts, Public Opinion Strategies polled in 16 Senate and Gubernatorial statewide victories and more than 50 Congressional victories.

Major statewide winners were:

  • Re-elected Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona.
  • Governor-elect Brian Kemp of Georgia, who came from behind to win both his primary and general election races, leading Stacey Abrams with a run-off unlikely.
  • Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa, who won her first election on the top-of-the-ticket to become the state’s first woman Governor.
  • Governor-elect Kristi Noem, who came from behind to become the first woman
    governor of South Dakota.
  • Re-elected Governor Phil Scott of Vermont.
  • Re-elected Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
  • Re-elected Attorneys General Leslie Rutledge of Arkansas and Ken Paxton of Texas.

POS also conducted polling for SuperPACs/Party Committees in the Senate races in Arizona (not yet decided), North Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas, as well as winning gubernatorial races in Alaska, Idaho, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

POS handled the polling for ten new Republican Members of Congress this cycle, including Debbie Lesko (AZ 8 special election), Young Kim (CA 39, leading at press time), Greg Steube (FL 17), Steve Watkins (KS 2), Troy Balderson (OH 12 special election), Guy Reschenthaler (PA 14), Dusty Johnson (SD AL), Van Taylor (TX 3), Ben Cline (VA 6), and Bryan Steil (WI 1). The firm also polled for numerous winning House incumbents and as part of SuperPAC/IE teams in 52 races.

As of this morning, only seven Republicans won election or are leading in the 25 seats held by GOPers that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. The firm polled for six of the seven campaigns.

The firm polled for winning legislative campaigns in 14 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

The firm also conducted the opinion research which guided successful ballot issues in 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, and South Dakota.


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