A week after an internal poll from Jim Bognet showed the Republican with a slender lead in the 8th Congressional District, another internal poll is out and gives Democrat Matt Cartwright a six-point advantage.
The poll – conducted by GQR Research – is based on survey of 500 likely voters and was taken on August 2-9. The margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points.
The internal survey asked two questions – 1) would you support a generic Democrat or generic Republican; 2) would you support Matt Cartwright or Jim Bognet?
In the generic question, the Democratic candidate edged the GOP candidate, 49-48. The second question found Cartwright, the three-term Congressman, extend that lead to six points at 52-46. It is also significant, given that former President Donald Trump carried the District in 2020 by three points.
Cartwright has already aired $415,000 in TV spots in the general election cycle according to AdImpact. Bognet released his first general-election ad on Tuesday, warning that his opponent votes with President Joe Biden 100 percent of the time.
There is a significant difference in the candidates’ war chests. Cartwright had $2.73 million cash on hand as of the end of June, while Bognet sported just above $580,000.