WPR News
8:57 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Republicans undecided about race for top education official

Laramie, Wyo. – A poll released Monday shows that more than 40 percent of Republican voters have not decided who to support in the race for the state's top education position. That's with just two weeks remaining before the August 17th primary.

University of Wyoming political scientist Jim King says it's difficult for candidates to draw voters' attention, with so much emphasis being placed on the Republican race for governor. "The other candidates are fighting for time, particularly in the Superintendent of Public Instruction race. The other thing is that primaries just generally end up having less attention."

King also says the candidates in the State Superintendent's race are running on their credentials, and spending less time differentiating themselves from one another in terms of policy positions. Former Cheyenne assistant principal Cindy Hill led in the Casper Star Tribune poll, with 28 percent of the vote. Incumbent Jim McBride had the support of 15 percent of Republican voters. Former State Superintendent Trent Blankenship and former Laramie County Superintendent Ted Adams each polled in the single digits. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Mike Massie in the November general election.