A new poll from on the 5th district special election Republican primary showed state Rep. Bob Latta with 40 percent of the vote and state Sen. Steve Buehrer with 21 percent of the vote.
The poll, which was commissioned by the Latta campaign and executed by Public Opinion Strategies, surveyed 300 likely Republican primary voters on Oct. 16-17 and had a margin of error of 5.66 points.
“With just three weeks to go until the special Republican primary elections, Bob Latta is in a very strong opposition in this race,” pollster Neil Newhouse said in the polling memo. “Latta is the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.”
The special general election to replace the late Rep. Paul Gillmor (R) is scheduled for Dec. 11. However, the special primary is set for Nov. 6 and is widely viewed as the election that will decide the next Member in the heavily Republican district.
Latta’s father held the seat before Gillmor, giving him a name-identification edge in the district. However, Buehrer’s state Senate district makes up a large portion of the Congressional district.
In other campaign news, Buehrer made his first advertisement buy last week. The Club for Growth, which supports Buehrer, has sponsored a couple of ads already.
Buehrer’s campaign also announced that he raised more than $260,000 in the report ending on Oct. 17. Latta’s campaign said they raised more than $240,000 in the same time period, which they say does not include a $50,000 loan the candidate made to his own campaign since the filing.
— Shira Toeplitz