A super PAC created to back Kevin Nicholson released polling that suggests the former Marine has narrowed the gap with former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch for the GOP nomination to take on Dem Gov. Tony Evers this fall.
Fight for Wisconsin released polling results after what it said was a nearly $1 million advertising campaign that praised Nicholson as a “doer” while others just talk.
According to a polling memo the group released today, Kleefisch led Nicholson 59 percent to 8 percent in January among likely GOP primary voters, while businessman Eric Hovde was at 3 percent. That poll was conducted before Nicholson formally launched his bid for guv and as Hovde had acknowledged he was considering a run.
The latest poll found Kleefisch at 42 percent, Nicholson at 29 and Hovde at 4.
The poll also found Nicholson’s favorable-unfavorable split went from 22-3 in January to 37-12 in the latest survey. Kleefisch’s went from 64-7 in January to 55-16.
The PAC’s release didn’t explain why state Rep. Tim Ramthun, who formally launched his bid for guv in February, wasn’t included in the second poll.
The surveys were conducted by Remington Research Group. The latest poll of 1,207 likely GOP primary voters was done Thursday through Saturday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points. The sample was weighted to match expected turnout demographics for the August GOP primary.
FiveThirtyEight rates Remington Research Group a B pollster.
The narrator in the PAC’s ad says while others talk, “one person does something.”
It opens with images of Evers, Kleefisch and AFT President Randy Weingarten talking directly to the camera until their images overlap. While some talk, schools close, police are attacked and belittled and critical race theory flourishes, the narrator says.
“They talk,” the narrator says. “One person does something. Kevin Nicholson has organized thousands of Wisconsinites to support our police, get kids back in school and stop crazy teaching.”
See the ad here.