A poll jointly commissioned by KGW NewsChannel 8 and The Oregonian shows that Suzanne Bonamici held a strong lead over her main rivals, including Brad Avakian and Brad Witt, in the Democratic primary election to fill the 1st District Congressional seat vacated by David Wu.
The survey of 403 registered Washington County Democratic voters found that 45 percent of likely voters favored Sen. Bonamici, with labor Commissioner Brad Avakian getting 11 percent of the support and Brad Witt in third with 5 percent of likely voters.
The survey also revealed that 44% thought Oregon was going in the right direction while 33% thought the state was on the wrong track.
Of those surveyed, 39 percent said they were enthusiastic supporters of Pres. Obama. Another 35 percent indicated they were a supporter, but not enthusiastic. Another 9 percent were undecided, 9 percent described themselves as not a supporter, and another 8 percent said they'd support whoever opposed Obama. The survey revealed that the oldest and youngest 1st District Democrats were most likely to be enthusiastic supporters of the President.
The survey also found that those most likely to vote, and those most supportive of Pres. Obama, were more disposed to vote for Bonamici.
According to the Federal Elections Commission, Bonamici has outspent her opponents in the race by a large margin, with receipts totaling more than $600,000 and more than $450,000 cash on-hand. Avakian's receipts totaled nearly $109,000 and cash on hand was almost $380,000, while Witt's campaign showed an estimated $23,000 on hand and $64,000 in receipts.