A recent internal poll paid for by the Brunner campaign shows big gains against his opponents: Sarah Steelman and Todd Akin. According to Roll Call:
In a horse race matchup among likely primary voters, Brunner led with 40 percent, followed by former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and Rep. Todd Akin with 20 percent each. Nineteen percent of respondents were undecided.
A spokesman for the Brunner campaign said it was a clean ballot test — that is, respondents weren’t given any additional information before being asked their candidate preference.
Among those aware of all three candidates, Brunner, a businessman, led 44 percent to Akin’s 22 percent and Steelman’s 18 percent