A new poll shows Republican Dan Coats with a comfortable lead over Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth in the race for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat.
The poll of 500 likely voters statewide released Tuesday by WISH-TV in Indianapolis shows former Sen. Coats favored by 51 percent of respondents while 33 percent supported Ellsworth. Libertarian Rebecca Sink-Burris received 5 percent.
The survey by Lansing, Mich.-based polling firm EPIC-MRA has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. The telephone poll was conducted from Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.
The fact that there is only one minor party candidate in the race is likely a product of the Indiana’s restrictive ballot access laws. The Indianapolis Star, the state’s largest newspaper, recently endorsed a series of reforms to the state’s election laws in an editorial.