The U.S. House District 22 race is tight as expected according to a new poll that shows Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls tied with former Foreign Service officer Sri Preston Kulkarni.
According to an online poll conducted by RMG Research for the advocate group U.S. Term Limits, Nehls and Kulkarni are at 39% each among 500 registered voters in District 22, with 22% not sure. The poll was conducted between July 27 and Aug. 2.
This poll contrasts with a Republican internal poll released two weeks ago that had Nehls, the GOP nominee for the seat, leading Democratic nominee Kulkarni by 12 points.
The poll reinforces predictions from congressional experts who rate the election a toss-up.
This latest poll also found that Nehls has a 39% favorable rating and a 20% unfavorable rating. Kulkarni has 30% favorable and 23% unfavorable.
U.S. Term Limits is an advocacy group for term limits in all levels of government. In the poll, 82% of District 22 voters favor term limits for members of Congress.
The new poll also found that 55% of those polled disapprove of President Trump’s performance, with 47% strongly disapproving. Only 43% approve of Trump’s performance.
Meanwhile, former vice president and the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, Joe Biden, has an unfavorable rating of 51% and favorable of 47%.
The Kulkarni campaign feels confident that Biden’s pick of California Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice president nominee will give a boost to his campaign since Harris is half Asian-American and Kulkarni is also an Asian-American. Harris has already endorsed Kulkarni.
“These are groups that have long been integral parts of communities across the country, they are making their voices heard in our political process and reshaping the political landscape here in Texas,” Kulkarni campaign manager Allen Chen said. “Our campaign will continue our innovative approach to engaging these communities, and all the diverse communities that make up this district, in order to register, engage, turnout and win with their support in November.”
Nehls is also trying to reach out to another key voting block in the district by meeting a group of Muslim-Americans on Wednesday.
“While we may have different backgrounds or religious views, what unites us is our shared belief in America, our Constitution, and our founding principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Nehls said on his Facebook page. “We’re working hard together to build a coalition of support in the Muslim American community.”