Congressman David Rouzer released results Wednesday from an opinion poll his campaign ordered for his Smithfield-to-Wilmington district.
Rouzer’s poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, found that the Republican opponent leads GOP challenger Mark Otto by 83 percent to 5 percent. Of the 300 likely Republican primary voters surveyed, 66 percent said they had a favorable opinion of Rouzer while 9 percent viewed him unfavorably.
Otto is a former 2nd Congressional District Republican Party chairman who lives in Johnston County’s Cleveland community. He’s issued a series of news releases in recent weeks criticizing Rouzer. This week, he’s blasting Rouzer for initially supporting a proposed CSX rail hub in Johnston County. Otto says he opposes the use of eminent domain to secure farmland for the project; Rouzer later voiced similar concerns.
Rouzer’s campaign said the poll results show most GOP voters are backing their congressman.
“Bottom line: Congressman Rouzer has cemented a strong following among Republican voters in a relatively short period of time, a credit to his tireless work ethic, dedication to the district, and conservative representation in Congress,” said the news release, which was sent by Danielle Adams.
Adams is the Rouzer’s communications director for his government office; she did not use her government email to send the campaign release.