New poll: Thomas keeps big lead over Groutage

2006-10-30T00:00:00Z New poll: Thomas keeps big lead over Groutage Casper Star-Tribune Online
October 30, 2006 12:00 am

CHEYENNE (AP) - Incumbent Craig Thomas still has a huge lead over challenger Dale Groutage going into the final days of campaigning for one of Wyoming's two U.S. Senate seats, according to a new poll.

The telephone poll, conducted Oct. 18-25 by Aspen Media & Market Research and reported in Sunday's editions of the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, found 70 percent of likely voters said they would support Thomas, a Republican running for his third term, with only 22 percent saying they backed Groutage, a Democrat. Seven percent were undecided, with 1 percent refusing to answer. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Groutage said he expects his numbers to rise when he begins advertising this week.

"There is movement for us. We just have to get our ads out," Groutage said. "People are starting to ask, 'Who's Dale Groutage?'

"I don't know whether that will move the polls enough, though."

Gale Geringer, campaign manager for Thomas, said the campaign wouldn't change based on the numbers.

"Craig is a firm believer that the only poll that counts is the one on Election Day," she said.

A previous poll, conducted Oct. 9-12 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research for the Casper Star-Tribune, showed Thomas leading Groutage 67 percent to 26 percent, with 7 percent undecided. That poll also had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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