Another poll shows Tillis with double-digit lead in GOP primary

Posted by John Frank on March 25, 2014 

Another poll in the U.S. Senate race gives Republican Thom Tillis a double-digit lead over his Republican rivals.

The House speaker took 27 percent in the SurveyUSA poll of likely Republican primary voters with his closest challenger, Greg Brannon, at 13 percent.

The poll was conducted on behalf of the Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank that promotes limited government. The results roughly mirrored a SurveyUSA poll done days earlier for WRAL-TV that gave Tillis a similar advantage a month before early voting starts.

One difference: Charlotte pastor Mark Harris saw his numbers rise slightly to 9 percent. The WRAL poll put him at 5 percent.

Heather Grant, a little known candidate, saw her numbers fall from the earlier poll (11 percent) to 5 percent. The poll’s margin-of-error is plus-or-minus 5 percent. It was taken March 19-23.

The big number remains the portion of GOP voters who are undecided: 38 percent.

Another interesting number from the survey: 54 percent of likely Republican primary voters support the tea party movement, compared to 32 percent who said the opposite.

This number may prove problematic for Tillis, given that Brannon, Harris and Grant are all aiming to his political right and trying to woo tea partiers who are skeptical of the lone current elected official in the race.

For more numbers from the SurveyUSA-Civitas poll, click here.

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