With reports last week and early this week surfacing that Jeff Landry had built a lead as large as 20-23 points over Hunt Downer in advance of Saturday’s election for Louisiana’s 3rd District congressional GOP primary, the news that an independent poll has Landry nearly doubling Downer might not be the most earthshattering.
But the release of a telephone survey by heretofore-unknown Electpoll, whose website at Electpoll.com is apparently set to launch on Monday, is newsworthy anyway. Electpoll’s survey shows Landry with a 32-point lead, 66-34, with a margin of error of +/- 4.21 percent, was not commissioned by either candidate.
The pollster’s release indicated the survey was the result of automated phone polling of 537 likely voters, as defined by registered Republicans who had voted in two of the last three primary elections, on Monday and Tuesday. Electpoll says it is “an innovative political polling firm that leverages technology to accurately survey under-polled races.” A Google search of the organization’s name turned up no other results beyond the LA-3 race.
Landry campaign manager Phillip Joffrion, in fact, said he wasn’t familiar with the polling organization.
“While I’m encouraged by the poll results, we’re focused on the real results on Saturday,” he said. “We will spent the next 72 hours focusing on getting out the vote on Election Day.”
UPDATE: We spoke with Allen Gannett, the principal of ElectPoll, this afternoon. Gannett told us his organization self-commissioned the poll as an investment into their methodology and practices; ElectPoll is a new organization which is launching to follow races nationwide. They’re based in D.C. and New Jersey, he said.