Research 2000 -- (9/10 - 9/14)
Margin: +/- 3.5%
If the 2008 Democratic Primary for Governor were held today, which of the following candidates would you vote for?
Jill Long Thompson: 41%
Richard Young: 16%
Jim Schellinger: 10%
There's no guarantee that these early numbers will hold as we get closer to primary day, but I would certainly rather be in Long Thompson's position at this point. Some discounted her candidacy because of her late entry into the race but I was very impressed with her message when she came through Fort Wayne to announce her candidacy:
I think she's going to be a good candidate as it sounds like she's going to run a populist campaign based around reforming our state tax structure and protecting Indiana jobs.
I know she's behind in the money-race but I wouldn't count her out as a populist message can be very powerful in this state...
I stand by that statement and I think we're going to have quite a primary race to determine who our next governor is...