Bill Johnson, who claims to be the only “Reagan conservative”, non-establishment candidate in Kentucky’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate, may be picking up steam, if recent polls are any indication. An independent poll conducted by a California firm on or about December 16 shows Johnson leading in one of four Kentucky regions and leading among all women statewide. Overall, the poll has Johnson at 17% which the Johnson campaign claims is consistent with internal polling also showing him at 17% statewide.
After release of the internal poll, Johnson told Joe Arnold of WHAS-11 News in Louisville:
I have retained a fundraiser and will be focusing on that activity in January. I can win this primary with $300,000 and will not rest until May 18th. For once, the voters will have a true choice independent of money, power, status or any other factor.
The surge in Johnson’s numbers occurred prior to recent problems in the Rand Paul campaign and may be due partly to newspaper ad inserts going out across the state promoting Johnson as the “Reagan conservative” alternative to the former Democrat Trey Grayson and the libertarian-leaning Rand Paul.