Challenger Westrom Leading 12-Term Incumbent 44% to 43%
A new survey released today by the Westrom for Congress campaign reports Republican challenger Torrey Westrom pulling ahead of 12-term incumbent Democrat Congressman Collin Peterson. Westrom now enjoys a lead among likely voters in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District (44%-43%), while thirteen percent (13%) are undecided.
The study was conducted by The Tarrance Group and fielded from October 12-14 among 300 registered “likely” voters. According to a memo released by The Tarrance Group, Westrom has closed the gap against Peterson that was reported in a late September study, and is now pulling ahead in the campaign’s final weeks.
In an internal poll released September 20th, Westrom trailed Peterson by just five points (40%-45%) with the incumbent solidly below the majority threshold. Notably, this September survey was fielded before the Westrom campaign had aired a single television commercial. Since then, Westrom has released his first television advertisement, titled “Sight,” which focuses on Westrom’s common sense, fiscal conservatism and highlights his compelling personal narrative.
Statement from Westrom for Congress Communications Director Caitlin Carroll: “It’s clear that Torrey Westrom’s positive message of new leadership is resonating with voters who are sick and tired of hearing the same old excuses from Washington. With this poll, the momentum behind Torrey is undeniable. Minnesotans are getting behind Torrey Westrom and agree that it’s time for a change.”
You can read the memo from The Tarrance Group detailing the latest numbers here.