Poll Gives Gregg Commanding Lead Over Holcomb For Indiana Governor
By Travis Thayer
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg (left) holds a 12-point lead over Republican Eric Holcomb, according to a new Monmouth University poll. File photo.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A new poll surveying more than 400 likely Hoosier voters shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg with a commanding lead over his Republican counterpart.
The Monmouth University poll gives John Gregg a resounding double-digit lead over Republican Eric Holcomb, 50 to 38 percent. Seven percent remain undecided. Five percent sided with Libertarian Rex Bell.
The poll, which has a 4.9 percent margin of error, surveyed more than 400 likely Hoosier voters October 10-13.
A similar poll conducted by Monmouth University in August showed the governor’s race as too close to call, with Holcomb holding a 42 to 41 percent lead. Now, Gregg hold a 12-point lead.
Holcomb entered the race late after Governor Mike Pence gave up his re-election bid to become Donald Trump’s running-mate. He now has less than a month to make up ground on Gregg.
Holcomb’s campaign manager Mike O’Brien issued the following statement:
“This poll is a complete outlier and laughably inconsistent with every other public poll released this election season. Our internal data shows we are on a winning trajectory in this margin-of-error contest. After only 12 weeks on the campaign trail, compared to our opponent’s 282-week campaign, we are in the passing lane headed into the home stretch of this race and remain confident that Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb will be Indiana’s next governor.”
Those polled were also asked about the presidential and U.S. Senate races.
In August, Monmouth showed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump with an 11-point lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump’s lead in Indiana has since shrunk to just four points.
In the race for U.S. Senate, Democrat Evan Bayh’s lead over Republican Todd Young remains almost unchanged. Bayh leads the race, 48 to 42 percent, down one point from August.