Jim HobartJim has been a part of the polling team in some of the most competitive and important elections in the country and in 2013, he received the prestigious Rising Star Award from Campaign and Elections Magazine. In 2020, Jim polled for the largest independent expenditure effort backing Roger Marshall in the Kansas Senate primary and general elections, helping Marshall take both races from nail-biters to resounding victories. He also polled for successful outside efforts in four winning Congressional campaigns and for the campaign on seven successful local ballot initiatives. Jim was also involved in research efforts for major Senate races in Arizona, Georgia, and Michigan.
In 2018, Jim polled for Governor Brian Kemp’s come-from-behind wins in both the primary and general elections in Georgia. Kemp shocked political observers by first defeating heavy favorite Casey Cagle in the primary, and then topping 50% to triumph over Stacey Abrams without a runoff. In polling conducted for the NRSC in 2018, Jim was the first pollster in the country to correctly show Heidi Heitkamp was a clear underdog to then Congressman Kevin Cramer. Cramer would go on to defeat Heitkamp by eleven points.
In 2016, Jim was the pollster for a successful independent expenditure effort in the Pennsylvania Senate race, which was the largest outside effort in any Senate race in the country. Jim also polled for an independent expenditure effort in the Iowa Senate race, a winning Congressional race, two successful ballot measures, and a significant research project geared toward helping Republicans make inroads with female voters. Jim is also an accomplished focus group moderator, having moderated more than 100 groups throughout the country. He regularly appears on NPR, CNN, HillTV, and the BBC to offer political analysis.