Let’s hope that Public Policy Polling is right about this.
Politico reports that in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District Tea Party activist Jeffrey Clark will run as an independent if moderate Republican Robert Hurt wins his party’s nomination to take on Tom Perriello.
How serious would a Clark candidacy be? When we polled the district in early February we found that a generic Tea Party candidate would pull 19%. Perriello received 44% and Hurt 27% in such a scenario.
…even if 48% is the best [Perriello] can get to in an off year election that would still put him over the top if Clark got just 5% from Hurt’s disaffected supporters…
In other words, go Jeffrey Clark! 🙂