I’m writing today to dispute a single point in a news article published in The Garden City Telegram on May 26, 2018. It was headlined: “Kelly hopes to help state avert disaster” by Mark Minton.
I am not writing to take issue with the story overall or the points he makes in his reporting, save this one statement: “Kelly and former Democratic state representative Josh Svaty are currently polling as the Democratic frontrunners.” I disagree.
The only polling data that has been made public on this year’s gubernatorial race so far comes from the Fort Hays State University's Docking Institute of Public Affairs. To be more specific, this past April, the Docking Institute released a “Kansas Governor’s Race Poll — Spring 2018.” In that poll, the recognition of candidates Kelly (24.3 percent) and Svaty (19.9) was far below the most recognized Democratic candidate in the race. That is former two-time Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, the most recognized Democratic candidate with 38.4 percent recognition.
In addition, Wichita is, by a factor of two, the largest city in the state with a population of nearly 400,000.
In his previous races for mayor of Wichita, Brewer won election in 2007 with 62 percent of the vote and won re-election in 2011 with 69 percent of the vote.
For the record, I enjoy news articles and editorials from The Telegram on a fairly regular basis, but in this one instance, unbiased verifiable polling information exists from one of our Kansas Regent universities that shows Carl Brewer to be the front-runner with a bullet.
Chris Morrow is Carl Brewer's running mate for lieutenant governor.