In a survey of 600 likely Republican voters done by a private polling firm, David McCormick has the lead over four other candidates for the GOP nod for the open U.S. Senate seat in the Keystone State.
The former hedge fund CEO polled at 25 percent – six points better than celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz (19%) and more than twice that of former ambassador Carla Sands (11%).
Jeff Bartos (10%) was right on Sands’ heels, while Kathy Barnette received support from five percent of the respondents.
In a proposed head-to-head matchup, McCormick led Oz, 56 to 26 percent.
The Washington Free Beacon produced the poll through TargetPoint Consulting, described on its Twitter page as a “Conservative Research & Knowledge Management Firm.”
“While the race remains fluid, David McCormick’s support is clearly on the upswing, while Dr. Oz has struggled to build support,” pollster Michael Meyers of TargetPoint said.
Three questions that were posed directly to respondents called out Oz on his second amendment position, his dual U.S.-Turkish citizenship and his previous stance on transgender surgeries and transition. One question referred positively to his medical expertise, while another praised McCormick’s leadership and business acumen.
In the PA Republican Governor’s race, Lou Barletta held a slight advantage over Doug Mastriano, 17 to 14 percent. Bill McSwain and Jake Corman were next at seven and six percent, respectively, while Scott Martin received three percent support. Martin suspended his campaign in mid-February. Eight percent of respondents indicated a preference for another candidate, while 45 percent said they were undecided.
The poll was conducted between Feb. 25-28.