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Poll Finds Sam Brownback Trailing His Democratic Challenger

07/24/2014 07:29 pm ET | Updated Jul 24, 2014
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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is still trailing Democratic rival Paul Davis, a poll released Thursday finds.

A KSN News poll found Davis, a member of the state's House of Representatives, leading Brownback 48 to 40 percent, slightly up from a survey conducted by the NBC affiliate last month. KSN cited Davis' growing support among Republicans -- 29 percent said they plan to vote for the state representative versus 24 percent in the June poll -- as one reason for his gain.

Davis also has strong support from women: 51 percent of female respondents said they'd vote for the Democrat, versus 36 percent who would support Brownback.

Earlier this month, Davis picked up the endorsement of Republicans for Kansas values, a group of 104 current and former Republican officeholders.

“This election should not be about electing a Republican or a Democrat as Governor. It must be about electing a moderate, commonsense Kansan as governor,” former state Senate President Dick Bond said of the endorsement.

The KSN survey was conducted from July 17 to 22 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.9 percent.

HuffPost Pollster's model, which tracks publicly available opinion polls, shows Davis leading Brownback:

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