Today, the campaign announced that former US Senator from Georgia Sam Nunn (in office 1972-1997) endorsed Alan’s candidacy for Senate! Nunn, who chaired the Senate Armed Services committee for almost a decade, continues his active public service as a distinguished professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech. In a letter to Alan, Sam praised Alan’s “vision, leadership, energy, and enthusiasm,” and wrote:
Your proven ability to accomplish significant legislative results as a private citizen indicate to me that you would be successful in the United States Senate and would have the potential to become one of the Senate’s most effective leaders
I can’t imagine a stronger endorsement from a former leader in the US Senate.
Further, there haven’t been any new polls since the November 23 Rasmussen poll, which put Khazei at 14% – a jump of 8% over the Globe poll a week prior. Given all these endorsements, I wouldn’t be surprised if Khazei jumped another 8% or more points in the polls between now and election day.
While both informal and unscientific, there are two currently ongoing polls that give some suggestion of the current pulse of the commonwealth. KennedySeat.com’s homepage has a poll about the winner of the Channel 5 debate, which puts Khazei at 26% (Capuano is at 28% and Coakley is at 38% of the 350 responses).
More significantly, the Boston Globe has an ongoing survey with over 1700 responses at time of writing, which has Khazei at 36.3%, leading the pack by a landslide (Coakley is at 20.6%, Capuano at 19.3%, and Pagliuca at 6.8%).
I know these are unscientific and non-representative polls (self selection bias, no random sample, etc. etc.) – but in terms of gauging the trends and the pulse of the state, I think things are looking more and more promising for dark-horse Khazei!