With the race as a dead heat, McMurray’s support has come from a deep base of grassroots support as voters are demanding integrity and a Member of Congress who will listen and truly represent them. McMurray has yet to air a single ad on TV, while Collins has spent heavily, launching extensive negative advertisements in the weeks before the poll.
“This proves what we’ve been seeing on the ground for months: We. Can. Win. Voters are tired of corruption and care about protecting healthcare, fighting for farms and supporting small businesses,” said McMurray. “Voters feel taken advantage of by a wealthy man who used his power to enrich himself instead of representing people like us. They are angry that he’s running for re-election because his defense attorneys told him to. They are sick of politics as usual that puts the desires of the powerful above the needs of working people. They know that we are better than this in Western New York, and they’re right.”
Among the findings of McMurray’s internal polling:
- Nate McMurray and Chris Collins are tied and McMurray is in a strong position to win the election, having raised the necessary resources to communicate his message to voters in the final weeks of the campaign.
- Chris Collins and Nate McMurray are each attracting 42 percent of the vote while Reform Party candidate Larry Piegza receives 6 percent and 10 percent of voters are undecided.
- Nine in ten voters (90%) report that they have heard, read, or seen information about Collins’ indictment, with a majority (57%) stating they have heard “a lot” about the indictment.
Collins was arrested on charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI in August and pledged to suspend his campaign. Collins broke his pledge weeks later on the advice of his criminal defense lawyers, announcing on September 17 that he intended to keep remain on the ballot. It’s no surprise that overwhelming financial support has come to Nate since voters learned that he would be running against Collins.
In that time, Nate has built up his campaign staff and opened seven offices to hold the massive volunteer base.