Latest Poll Shows Gregg Maintaining Lead Over Holcomb For Governor
By Mike Perleberg
Indiana gubernatorial candidates Democrat John Gregg, Republican Eric Holcomb, and Libertarian Rex Bell. Photo by Michael Conroy, The Associated Press.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Democrat John Gregg has the lead in Indiana’s governor race, just not as big as a previous poll suggested.
A new Ball State University and WISH-TV Hoosier Survey released Wednesday gives Gregg a five-point lead over Republican Eric Holcomb, 48 to 43 percent.
The difference is within the poll’s 4.8 percent margin of error. The poll surveyed 544 likely Indiana voters.
That’s a far smaller lead than a Monmouth University Poll from last week that gave Gregg a 12-point lead over Holcomb. Holcomb’s campaign called the Monmouth poll is “an outlier” that was not consistent with other polls showing the race as more of a toss-up.
Governor Mike Pence had a lead over Gregg, the same opponent he defeated in the 2012 gubernatorial election, before bowing out of the race in order to become Donald Trumps vice presidential running mate. Holcomb, Pence’s lieutenant governor, has largely trailed closely behind Gregg in polling since the Indiana Republican Party selected him as the replacement nominee in July.
Gregg has also had the advantage in fundraising until recently. Holcomb’s campaign reported raising $7.7 million in the third quarter while Gregg has brought in $4.5 million. Gregg does have more money in his campaign war chest, $4.8 million to $2.8 million.
“Despite all of the changes in this race and out-of-state groups pouring in millions to prop up our opponent, we continue to lead in the polls and have a significant financial advantage as we approach Election Day,” said Tim Henderson, Gregg for Governor campaign manager.
The gubernatorial candidates are scheduled to debate for the final time before the election on Tuesday, October 25.