Latest Poll: Is Kay Bailey Hutchison Headed For Third Place?
The latest poll on the GOP gubernatorial primary has just been released, and it's got some surprising stuff in it.
Rick Perry still leads the field, albeit with an uninspiring 39 percent. After that, though, is where the surprise comes in -- Kay Bailey Hutchison leads tea party favorite Debra Medina by only four points, 28 percent to 24 percent. That's within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 4.8 percent.
"The big question for Debra Medina is whether there's enough unhappy voters out there for her to get into a runoff with Rick Perry," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. "That would rank up there with the results of the Massachusetts Senate election as an early shocker in the 2010 political season."
It appears there are a lot of voters out there unhappy with incumbents, and that's not a good thing for someone who's a longtime Senator....or possibly for someone who's the longest-serving governor in state history.
Medina now outpolls KBH among conservatives, according to Public Policy, 25 percent to 23 percent.
"Hutchison cleans up with moderates, leading Perry 49-29, but unfortunately for her prospects they account for only 20% of GOP primary voters," the firm says.
There was one finding in the poll that raised a serious question.
One finding in the poll helps sum up the mood in the country right now and may give a clue as to why Hutchison is having so much trouble. Asked whether they trust Austin or Washington politicians more to solve Texas' problems, state level politicians win out by a margin of 78-3.
The question is, who the hell are those three percent? Republicans who misunderstood the question?
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