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GOP rival’s poll finds Rep. Terry struggling

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UPDATED: 12:15 p.m.

Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

It’s likely to come under the heading, “Who do you trust?”

“It” is a new poll that finds Congressman Lee Terry struggling to survive next month’s GOP primary.

The automated poll — keep in mind that automated “robo” calls are generally considered less reliable than a live questioner — has been released by Terry’s Republican rival, Dan Frei.

And even though Frei is trailing Terry by 14 points, Team Frei is beaming.

Why? Because, according to the survey, the eight-term Congressman is well below the all-important 50 percent mark, with plenty of voters still undecided. Here are the numbers:

Lee Terry: 40%

Dan Frei:  26%

Undecided: 34%

The poll, which was held April 7-8 targeting 599 “likely” primary voters, also asked those undecided folks which way they were leaning. Here are those numbers:

Lee Terry: 47%

Dan Frei: 36%

Undecided: 17%

According to Frei’s spokesman, Scott Petersen, once voters get to know Frei, Frei wins. Of course, Frei’s campaign is notoriously underfunded. As of last report, Terry had over $800,000, Frei $6,000. All of which begs this question for Team Frei:

Nebraska Watchdog: How do you get your name ID up, and get voters to know Dan Frei, without any money?

Scott Petersen: By being very creative.

Nebraska Watchdog: Meaning what?

Scott Petersen: Trying to get on the radio, online, a lot of door-to-door.

Terry’s campaign argues Terry isn’t struggling and finds Frei’s poll good news for the Congressman.

“It’s never a good sign when a campaign has to put internal numbers out showing they are at a double-digit deficit and try to convince people that somehow those numbers mean they are at an advantage,” a campaign spokesman tells Nebraska Watchdog.

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