ST. LOUIS – A poll commissioned by The Missouri Times shows that former Rep. Rick Stream has a leg up on Rep. Andrew Koenig in the race for the 15th Senate District Republican nomination.
Gravis Marketing has Stream with 41 percent of the voters while Koenig has only 32 percent, a nine-point lead for Stream. The poll has a four percent margin of error, and results were gathered from July 24 to July 26.
The Stream campaign was happy with the result, which seems to endorse the findings of a MO Scout poll released over the weekend that also had Stream in the lead.
“Voters are seeing that Rick is the constitutional conservative in the race, and he’s also shown to be a leader his whole life,” said Stream’s campaign manager Phillip Arnzen. “Voters want someone they can count on to protect their values and get things done in Jefferson City, which is why they’re supporting Rick Stream.”
Both candidates appeared last week on This Week in Missouri Politics to make the case for their nomination. Each candidate has also highlighted their conservative voting records in the General Assembly and they generally seem to agree on policy most of the time.
The race has been cordial, but attacks have begun ramping up in recent weeks, in a recent ad, Koenig has alleged Stream raised taxes and funded Democrats in an ad and he has released negative mailers. Stream has struck back that Koenig has not been as active on tax reform measures as he says he has.
Koenig still has about $100,000 more cash on hand than Stream which may allow for an ad blitz late in the race, especially if he wants to get the quarter of the populace that is still undecided.