Invisible Candidates

The Siena College Research Institute recently conducted a poll which showed Kathleen "K.T." McFarland with a two-point lead over her conservative competition, John Spencer.

The survey found that McFarland was favored by 20 percent of likely Republican voters, while Spencer was the choice of 18 percent. A remarkable 63 percent said they didn’t know who to support in the Sept. 12 primary, and an astounding 79 percent said they didn’t know enough about either candidate to actually have an opinion about them. Talk about terrible name recognition — when eight out of 10 of your fellow potential party primary voters, who are usually the most knowledgeable and dedicated participants in our democracy, don’t even know who you are, then you are in big trouble.