From the Journal World:
Ryun released an internal campaign poll that showed him leading 61 percent to 27 percent among likely Republican voters.
“We are certainly pleased with the results of the poll, but we will not rest on our laurels,” Ryun, of Lawrence, said in a statement.
Good news for Ryun.
The Jenkins camp shot back:
“We’ve yet to see an internal campaign poll done 14 months before an election that matters,” Jenkins’ spokesman Pat Leopold said of the Ryun poll. The party primaries will be in August 2008.
“The most recent poll that mattered was the one taken last November, and Jim Ryun lost,” Leopold said.
The latter statement is true, the former statement isn't. The fact that Ryun is 34% ahead does indeed matter 14 months out, especially because he just lost last November. It means Ryun has held a very large portion of support from Republicans despite losing to Boyda.
Now, as to how much it matters, that is to be seen, and Jenkins indeed has 14 months to prove it doesn't, which is an eternity in politics.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.