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Poll: GOP Kansas Gov. Brownback Trails Democratic Opponent

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The poll found Davis beating Brownback (pictured) 47 percent to 41 percent while Libertarian candidate Keen Umbehr got 5. That finding is actually an improvement from October when the poll found Davis leading Brownback 43 percent to 39 percent. Two other Public Policy Polling surveys in between then and the most recent SurveyUSA poll found Davis beating Brownback as well.

One PPP poll, in April, found Davis beating Brownback, 45 percent to 41 percent while a February PPP poll found Davis narrowly edging the governor, 42 percent to 40 percent. But an April Rasmussen Reports poll found Brownback actually leading Davis 47 percent to 40 percent.

Brownback's troubles seem to be, at least partially, based on education policy. The poll found that 73 percent of supporters for Davis said education was their top issue. Davis has actually made education one of his campaign's primary policy topics and his campaign has highlighted endorsements from teachers organizations. He's also repeatedly noted that he is the son of two teachers.

The new SurveyUSA poll was conducted among 2,200 Kansas adults between June 19 and June 23. For the general election question, the margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.