- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Less than two weeks before the general election, incumbent Republican Matt Mead has a commanding 25-point lead over Democrat Pete Gosar in the governor’s race, according to a new poll.

Mead was favored by 53 percent of those surveyed last week compared to 28 percent for Gosar in the poll commissioned by the Casper Star-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1wdB9XV ). Thirteen percent were undecided.

The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, of Jacksonville, Florida. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.

The poll indicates that Mead is a popular incumbent, said Jim King, a political science professor at the University of Wyoming.

“I wouldn’t characterize this election as Gosar failing but Mead succeeding,” he said. “Running against a popular incumbent is an uphill challenge.”

King noted that Gosar would fall short even if all the undecided voters in the poll opted for him.

“Basically, the only chance Gosar has is a sensational revelation concerning Mead that would cause a very substantial shift away from him,” he said. “There doesn’t appear to be anything like that on the horizon.”

Gosar said the only poll he’s worried about is the one on election day, noting that the poll was conducted before a series of debates throughout the state.

“My campaign will continue to be out there and visible and engaged,” he said.

Mead said the poll numbers are exciting and he believes that a handful of initiatives have stuck a chord with Wyomingites.

“One, I think in my time in office we’ve addressed issues such as the energy strategy, water strategy, broadband initiative,” he said. “We have more people employed now. The economy is doing well, and issues such as suicide and homeless, (we are) trying to tackle those issues.”

Two minor party candidates fared poorly in the poll with independent Don Wills and Libertarian Dee Cozzens each receiving support from 3 percent of the respondents.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com


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