A recent SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for WHAS-TV Louisville KY and WCPO-TV Cincinnati OH shows Jill Long Thompson surging ahead of Jim Schellinger in the Democratic race for governor. With three weeks to go to the Indiana Democratic gubernatorial primary, Long Thompson has picked up momentum and now leads Schellinger by eight points.
The poll places Long Thompson at 46% and Schellinger at 38%. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll released two weeks ago, Long Thompson is up 7, Schellinger is down 3. Long Thompson, who represented Indiana’s 4th Congressional District from 1988 through 1994, has made inroads among men, where Indianapolis architect Schellinger had led by 21, now leads by 5.
Among women, Long Thompson previously had led by 13, but now leads by 20. In greater Indianapolis, Schellinger had led by 9, but now leads by 3. In Southern Indiana, Schellinger had led by 22, and now is tied. Among white voters, Schellinger had led by 3, now trails by 5. The winner of the primary will face incumbent Republican Governor Mitch Daniels.
With Schellinger’s money and backing, he has had a difficult time in grabbing the attention of Hoosier voters. While Schellinger continues to outspend Long Thompson, she continues to draw more support.