Wesley Bell has overcome a double-digit deficit in January to pull ahead of Congresswoman Cori Bush by a single point

Today, DMFI PAC released the findings of a comprehensive new poll showing St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell surging to a one-point advantage (43%-42%) in his bid to defeat incumbent Congresswoman Cori Bush in the August 2024 Democratic primary race.

Conducted by The Mellman Group, this survey offers important insights into the perspectives of voters in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District.

“The data are clear – Wesley Bell has made significant inroads with voters since the beginning of the year. This primary race is essentially tied, but clearly moving in Wesley Bell’s direction,” said DMFI PAC Chairman Mark Mellman. “As voters learn more about Cori Bush’s record in Washington opposing the Biden-Harris agenda, they are choosing Wesley Bell to represent them in Congress.”

The findings emerge from a survey of 400 voters in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District representing the likely August 2024 Democratic primary electorate. The survey used a registration-based sample, with interviews conducted via landline, cell, and text-to-online from June 18-22, 2024. The margin of error for the sample as a whole is +/- 4.9% at the 95% level of confidence (higher for subgroups).

Key Highlights from the Poll:

 • Wesley Bell has overcome a double-digit deficit in January to pull ahead of Congresswoman Cori Bush by a single point (43%-42%).


 • Bush is still seen favorably, but assessments of her and her performance are moving in a negative direction, while Bell’s image is improving, leaving him with an underlying image advantage.


 • With some six weeks to go and 11% still undecided, this race can go either way, but Bell has achieved a slight advantage.


 • Bell holds an advantage over Bush on both favorability and job performance ratings. A 61% majority give Bell positive ratings for the job he is doing as St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney, while only 27% offer negative evaluations.


For more detailed poll results and analysis, please click here.