Jesse Kelly is back, and he's polling.
The beaten Republican candidate who limped off to Texas after nearly toppling Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in 2010 released a poll today which showed him out front of the pack of probable Republican candidates for the special election to replace Giffords.
According to the survey, Kelly has a combined 35 percent of definite and leaning voters. State Senator Frank Antenori pulls 15 percent of definite and leaning voters, and local sports broadcaster Dave Sitton gets 7 percent.
The poll was conducted on the 24th and 25th of January, 2012 and sampled 300 likely primary voters from throughout the current Congressional District 8.
Republican state Sen. Frank Antenori, who is expected to announce his candidacy this week, said he has done his own polling for the seat — but he didn’t ask if voters supported Kelly because he didn’t think Kelly would run.
“What’s really astonishing is that he had no intentions of running in the normal election and he had already started cutting staff away, and all of a sudden Mr. opportunity is back in town,” Antenori said.
The special primary election for CD8 will be held in April, and a special general election to replace Giffords will be held in June. In November, the candidates would have to run again to keep the seat in a whole new district, the newly drawn CD2.