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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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GOP polling firm finds Gallagher with a 16-point lead

A new poll paid for by Mike Gallagher's campaign finds he has a 16-point lead over Outagamie County Exec Tom Nelson in the 8th CD race.

The Public Opinion Strategies poll of 400 likely voters finds 52 percent support Gallagher, a former U.S. Senate aide and Marine. Nelson, a former Dem state rep, got the backing of 36 percent of voters.

The poll also found 83 percent of voters have heard of Gallagher, while 69 percent of voters said they’ve heard of Nelson. Gallagher’s favorable-unfavorable ratio was 43-13, while Nelson’s was 28-16.

“Clearly, the GOP primary campaign left Mike Gallagher well positioned to run a successful general election campaign,” the GOP polling firm wrote in a memo to Gallagher’s campaign and the NRCC.

The poll also found GOP nominee Donald Trump led former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 8th CD. Trump had 40 percent of voters backing him, while Clinton had 37 percent.

And while Nelson was up in the district, he trailed the generic Republican candidate, who would have a 47 percent to 41 percent advantage.

The poll did live interviews and included people with cellphones. The margin of error was +/- 4.9 percent.

See the poll memo

-- By Polo Rocha

Editor's note: This post has been updated.


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