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Poll: Gov. Hutchinson leads Jan Morgan among GOP primary voters

A new survey of likely Republican party primary voters in Arkansas shows that Gov. Asa Hutchinson has a nearly two-to-one lead over over challenger Jan Morgan. (Photo courtesy Talk Business & Politics)

A new survey of likely Republican party primary voters in Arkansas shows that Gov. Asa Hutchinson has a nearly two-to-one lead over over challenger Jan Morgan.

The latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll of 676 GOP voters puts Hutchinson with 57.5% support compared to Morgan’s 30.5%. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. The poll was conducted on April 17-19 and has a margin of error of +/-3.8%.

“The governor’s lead is comfortable, but perhaps not as comfortable as he would like,” said Roby Brock, Talk Business & Politics Editor-in-Chief. “With a month to go, I expect to see Hutchinson use his considerable financial advantage over Morgan to further remind primary voters of his conservative bona fides.”

The survey asked a head-to-head matchup question for the Republican governor’s nomination and it asked a question related to Arkansas Works, the state’s Medicaid expansion program.

Q: If the Republican primary election for Governor was being held today and the candidates were Jan Morgan and Governor Asa Hutchinson, for whom would you vote?

30.5% Jan Morgan

57.5% Governor Asa Hutchinson

12% Don’t Know

Q: As you may know, Arkansas instituted a program using federal Medicaid dollars to provide private insurance to low-income Arkansans through health care exchanges. The program is now called “Arkansas Works.” Do you support or oppose the Arkansas Works program?

41.5% Support

25.5% Oppose

33% Don’t Know

The winner of the Republican gubernatorial primary will face either Democrat Jared Henderson or Leticia Sanders and Libertarian Mark West in the November general election. On Monday, survey results will be released on President Donald Trump approval ratings among Arkansas GOP voters and on Tuesday a battery of questions regarding taxes, guns and abortion will be released.

For analysis from Dr. Jay Barth, professor of political science at Hendrix College and Robert Coon with Impact Management Group, click here from KATV Content Partner Talk Business & Politics.

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