Cryptocurrency-Backed Democratic Congressional Candidate Carrick Flynn Leads Race, Opposes Campaign Poll Found
First-time candidate and political unknown Carrick Flynn took the lead in the Democratic primary after the cryptocurrency-backed Protect Our Future political action committee spent millions promoting his campaign. That’s according to surveys paid for by a competing campaign.
A polling summary provided by Intel engineer Matt West’s campaign shows Flynn leading with 18% of likely voters, 12 points ahead of former House Rep. Andrea Salinas, West and Cody Reynolds (an investor in cryptocurrency itself, which ran for int he past), each with 6 percent. 38% of the votes are shared between other candidates and 37% remained undecided. (The summary provided by the campaign does not blow up the other candidates, who include Kathleen Harder, a doctor, and Loretta Smith, a former Multnomah County commissioner.)
According to the summary provided by the West campaign, the poll was conducted by Washington, D.C.-based GQR among 400 likely Democratic primary voters from March 21-25, 2022.
Protect Our Future PAC filings show that more than $7 million has been spent so far to elect Flynn, according to FEC data. This PAC is backed by Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of Bahamas-based cryptocurrency exchange FTX, the richest crypto billionaire.
The poll was conducted long before the House Majority PAC, a Democratic PAC aligned with United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, made the unusual decision to spend $1 million in support of Flynn, given that he focuses on winning against the Republicans.
Flynn’s own fundraising shows that most of his campaign money comes from out of state with only 10 officially listed donors in the state. Yet Flynn’s campaign continues to say he succeeded because of his message.
“Carrick has led a consistently positive campaign rooted in his personal story of overcoming adversity, fighting poverty and championing strong, healthy communities with an economy that works for everyone,” Flynn’s campaign manager said. Avital Balwit. “These polls, like others, have shown the power of this message to reach voters in the 6th District. We are proud of the support we are getting and will continue to focus on the priorities of Oregon voters in the weeks leading up to the primary.
The Western campaign is taking the unusual step of releasing the poll in a bid to drum up outside interest in the campaign. Without competing expenses, it looks like Flynn is poised to win the Democratic nomination. The summary also shows polls that suggest Salinas and West would overtake Flynn if their personal biographies were presented to voters.
“Institutional actors should learn what voters already know – that Matt West is the progressive candidate who will tax the rich and save the planet, and Carrick Flynn is the shadow cast by a billionaire in the Bahamas,” Robin Logsdon said. campaign manager for West. “The only way the billionaire will win is if no one fights back.”