by Max Brantley
Chad Causey's campaign sends around a memo explaining why they think Causey, who finished second in the Democratic primary for 1st District Congress, can beat leader Tim Wooldridge in the June 8 runoff.
To: Interested Parties
From: Chad Causey for Congress Campaign HQ
Re: Democratic Runoff in First Congressional District
On May 18, former Lt Governor Candidate, and career politician turned lobbyist Tim Wooldridge advanced to the runoff along with Chad Causey. Wooldridge failed to meet the expectation set of winning the primary without a runoff, and Causey is clearly on the move. There were four other candidates in the race: State Senator Steve Bryles, State Representative David Cook, Dr. Terry Green, and Ben Ponder.
According to the Associated Press, as of Thursday, May 20, Wooldridge led the ticket with 38% of the vote. Causey followed with 27%. Cook had 15%, Bryles 10%, Green 5% and Ponder 4%.
On May 18, Wooldridge received over 3000 less votes in the most populated county, Craighead, than he did in 2006 Lt Gov race.
Wooldridge also received over 500 less votes in his home county, Greene, than he did in the 2006 primary.
A poll conducted mid March found that 5% would vote for Causey while 31% said they would support Wooldridge. While the support of Wooldridge grew by 7%, support for Causey grew to 27% on primary day. Causey’s support is growing at three times the rate as Wooldridge’s. Causey is the candidate on the move.
62% of voters chose someone other than Tim Wooldridge, despite being familiar with him.
Baxter, Craighead, Crittenden, Mississippi, Lonoke and St. Francis counties will all be key counties to a Causey victory. While Causey won two of them, Wooldridge won Lonoke, Bryles won Mississippi, his home county, and Ponder won Baxter, his home county. Runoff elections in Craighead and St. Francis will work to Causey’s benefit, boosting his already established support from the primary.
Causey has almost 1000 individual contributors from all 26 counties in the district and led the field in fundraising in the primary. Wooldridge has 406 contributors listed on his FEC report.
In a year where career politicians are being rejected, Chad Causey is a candidate who has never sought political office, and offers a fresh face to the voters of the First District. Voters are looking for someone who will work to bring jobs to the district, and who knows how to get that done.
Watch for Causey to continue his rise to hit 50% +1 on June 8.