Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Justin Amash holds 20-point lead in primary

Internal poll shows Justin Amash with 22-point lead over challenger |

July 8, 2014 - "Rep. Justin Amash appears to be safely situated to retain his congressional seat, according to a new internal poll showing the Michigan Republican holding a 22-point lead over his primary opponent.

"The poll, conducted by Wenzel Strategies of 705 likely Republican voters in Amash’s district, found the libertarian-leaning incumbent leading the GOP establishment-preferred businessman Brian Ellis 56 percent to 34 percent, with 10 percent still undecided.

"When likely voters who 'lean' Republican are included in the poll, Amash continues to lead Ellis 58 percent to 36 percent, with 6 percent undecided....

"Amash is probably best known for his opposition to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American's phone and Internet records. Last July, Amash introduced an amendment that would end the agency's data collection program....

"In early June 2014, Amash led Ellis 42 percent to 23 percent, with 35 percent undecided, according to a poll from the Michigan Information and Research Service... In another poll, conducted in mid-June, polling firm EPIC-MRA found Amash leading Ellis, 55 percent to 35 percent....

"Amash got under the skin of establishment Republicans over his propensity to vote against the party. But he explains his reasoning behind each vote on his Facebook page, something no other member does....

"In a statement provided to the Washington Examiner, Amash spokesman Ben Vanderveen attributed Amash's continued success in the polls to his commitment to people over government.

"'Justin got a primary challenge because he never backs down from defending individual liberty, economic freedom, and the Constitution,' Vanderveen said. 'That's the type of principled representation that ordinary Americans want.'

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