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Poll: GOP voters favor Sam Peters in Nevada congressional race

Sam Peters


Sam Peters campaigns during a virtual town hall Wed., April 15, 2020. Peters is a businessman running for the Republican nomination for Congressional District 4, currently represented by Democrat Steven Horsford.

A poll of Republican voters has U.S. Air Force Major Sam Peters in the lead of GOP hopefuls running for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District.

A WPA Intelligence survey, which was conducted last week among 404 Republican primary voters, found that 33% of respondents plan to vote for Peters, who unsuccessfully ran for the seat in 2020. 

Assemblywoman Annie Black received 14% of respondents’ votes, and Chance Bonaventura, who according to his campaign website is Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore’s chief of staff, received 5%.

The primary is in June, with the winner advancing to face the incumbent, Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford.

“Sam Peters having a double digit lead this early in the primary clearly indicates that Republican primary voters prefer his record as a business owner and combat officer who won the Bronze Star,” said Chris Wilson, owner of WPA and former director of research and analytics for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

The survey also asked what issue is the most important to Republican voters, and 28% said the economy, specifically unemployment and lack of jobs. Thirteen percent said illegal immigration, and 5% said energy, including oil, gas prices and drilling.

The survey also asked how the respondent would describe themselves politically, with the options of “Traditional Republicans,” “Tea Party Republicans,” “Trump Republicans” and “Libertarian Republicans.”

Thirty-nine percent identified as Trump Republicans, 37% identified as “Traditional Republicans,” and 11% identified as Libertarian Republicans.

Respondents were also asked how conservative they were, and 52% said “very conservative,” 24% said “somewhat conservative,” and 17% said “moderate.”

Regarding the demographics of the survey, 81% identified as white, and 7% identified as Hispanic. Of the 404 respondents, 44% had some college/associate degree, 24% had a bachelor’s degree, 18% had a high school level education or less, and 13% were post-graduates.

The majority of the respondents were above the age of 55. Nineteen-percent were ages 75 and up and 50% were between the ages 55 and 74. Sixteen-percent of respondents were between 45 and 54. Seven-percent were between 35 and 44, and 4% were ages 18-34.