SurveyUSA for KWCH-TV (8/9-11, likely voters, no trend lines):
Raj Goyle (D): 42
Mike Pompeo (R): 49
David Moffett (L): 4
Susan Ducey (RP): 1
Todd Tiahrt’s open seat isn’t high on too many lists compiling Democratic takeover opportunities, but this new SUSA poll suggests that Democratic state Rep. Raj Goyle is within striking distance of ex-RNC committeeman Mike Pompeo. The fact that Goyle is doing so well this early in the campaign is already a remarkable achievement — in a district that favored McCain over Obama by 18 points, and Bush over Kerry by a whopping 30%, Goyle is already out-performing those recent Democratic base lines.
Of course, it probably helps that Pompeo is apparently a huge douchebag. Recall that the second-, third-, and fourth-place GOP primary finishers are all holding back on endorsing Pompeo, who even failed to return a congratulatory call from runner-up Jean Schodorf. His campaign was also kept busy yesterday apologizing for linking to a racist blog post on their official Twitter account that characterized Goyle, who was raised Hindu but went to Christian schools, as a “turban topper”.
Still, it’s gonna be incredibly hard for Goyle to get over the next hump, but you’ve got to like these numbers for what they are.