Michael Adkins raises issue in debate; Mike Crider says he wasn’t involved

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GREENFIELD — State Sen. Beverly Gard says she funded a political survey in the spring many considered a push poll.

While the polling affected Republican candidates in the three-way race for the GOP nomination for State Senate District 28, the issue is coming to the forefront again as Democratic candidate Michael Adkins takes on the retiring senator on several issues in her tenure.

A push poll is a political technique used to persuade large numbers of voters away from a candidate by using innuendo or misleading information.

In March, Republican candidate Chris Lytle says the poll used statements he had made in his career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship against him.

Republican Mike Crider, who Gard endorsed as her successor, won the GOP nomination and is now facing Adkins for Gard’s open seat on the state senate.

Gard said she paid for a poll in the spring to survey 300 voters in the district, but she does not consider it a push poll.

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