Democrats Craig Oliver and Bob Stringham are neck-and-neck as they enter Tuesday's primary election in the 3rd Congressional District, the latest Dan Jones &Associates poll shows.
The 3rd District Democratic primary is the major race in Tuesday's election. In today's Sunday Deseret News there is a special tabloid section on the primaryraces that includes a look at the Oliver-Stringham contest.In a poll taken last week for the Deseret News and KSL-TV, Jones found that 18 percent of those questioned favor Oliver, 18 percent favor Stringham, 1 percent favor someone else and 63 percent are undecided.
Among those who said they are Democrats, Oliver leads Stringham 26-23 percentwith 51 percent undecided. Utah, however, has an open primary system and any registered voter can vote in the Democratic primary election.
The 3rd District is heavily Republican. Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, is seeking his third term and will face whoever wins the Oliver-Stringham primary race.
In head-to-head matchups against either Democrat, Nielson comes out well ahead, Jones found.
Against Stringham, Nielson leads 52-20 percent, with American Party candidate E. Dean Christensen favored by 5 percent, 1 percent favoring someone else and 22percent indecided.
Nielson leads Oliver 52-18 percent, Christensen is favored by 6 percent and 24 percent are undecided.
Jones believes there will be a low voter turnout in the Oliver-Stringham primary because so many voters are undecided about the race.
Oliver will try to deliver votes in his stronghold, the southwestern part of Salt Lake County which makes up part of the district. Stringham will concentrateon Utah County.