A new poll shows former U. S. Senator Jim Talent as the top vote-getter in a three-way primary race with Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, who is the only candidate who has officially announced.
Talent is preferred by 53% when pitted against announced candidate Sarah Steelman,
who gets 17%, and Peter Kinder, who has half of Talent’s support, at 26%. Only 4% are
not sure. Last Wednesday’s release showed both Talent and Kinder leading McCaskill
by two points and the incumbent beating Steelman by one, in what should be yet another
in a string of very evenly matched races for this seat.
62% of her own party’s most fervent voters still have no expressed opinion of Steelman,
the former state treasurer, nor do 57% know enough about Lieutenant Governor Kinder,
so both have plenty of time in about a year and a half to raise their profiles. Those who
have heard of the two are overwhelmingly positive, 34-9 for Kinder and 25-13 for Steelman.