by Tom Tucker
Southern Missouri – A new poll released today shows Representative Ward Franz with the lead in the 33rdMissouri State Senate race.
The poll conducted June 29th of 376 likely voters released by Brushfire Polling of Davenport Iowa showed Franz leading with 20.5%, former Representative Mike Cunningham with 16.8%, and Representative Don Wells with 11.7% of the vote. 51% of the respondents were still undecided.
“I am excited about the results of this poll. I am confident that our message of a bright future through the creation of more jobs plus the fact that we must do all we can to protect our state from federal mandates like Obamacare and PETA and HSUS attacks on agriculture is resonating with voters”, said Franz.
Cunningham who is polling 2nd in the race commented, “I am not surprised at there that there are so many undecided voters. It is a large district and it is tough to get everywhere”. Cunningham who lagged far behind his rivals in fundraising on the April 1st Quarter reports with Franz having $161,000.38 on hand and Wells with $79,776.67 was
confident when asked if the report due out July 15th would show a narrowing gap, “If all of our pledges come in I am confident we will be competitive in fundraising. I know we will have enough to run an effective campaign the final few weeks”, he said.
Representative Don Wells did not imme diately return calls seeking comment.
The 33rd Missouri Senate district includes Douglas, Howell, Ozark, Ripley, Texas, Webster and Wright counties, and the winner of the August Republican primary will be elected as there is no Democrat on the November ballot.