A new statewide opinion survey by a Republican pollster places GOP candidate Jim Risch in the lead for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Larry Craig.
Of 600 randomly selected Idaho voters, 41 percent said they would vote for Risch if the election were held today, while 29 percent would cast their ballots for Democrat Larry LaRocco and 3 percent favor Independent Rex Rammell, the poll by Greg Smith & Associates found. Nearly a quarter of those polled said they are undecided.
Results by region show that Risch’s strongest support is in southeastern Idaho. LaRocco leads Risch in north central Idaho, which also reflected the highest percentage of undecided voters – 42 percent. Rammell’s strongest showing came in the Upper Snake River region.
The poll was conducted Aug. 18 through 22 and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points, Smith said.