Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

TX-Gov: Perry leading by 6

March 6, 2010 Leave a comment

The first poll on the Texas gubernatorial race is out:

The first poll of the November general-election race between Rick Perry and Bill White shows the Republican governor with a 6-point lead over his Democratic challenger, supporting predictions that the Texas gubernatorial battle will be one of the most competitive in years.

Perry led White 49 to 43 percent in the latest Ramussen Reports survey of likely Texas voters. Three percent of respondents prefer some other candidate, and 6 percent are undecided.

Keep in mind that White won the Democratic primary with 75% of the vote vs Perry’s 51% of the Republican primary vs popular Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Debra Medina, truther and Tea Partier.

For what it’s worth, the article also notes that Charlie Cook has switched the race from “lean Republican” to “toss-up”

Jim Geraghty:

Perry won his last two gubernatorial races by 10 percentage points and 18 percentage points, and before him, George W. Bush won by 7 percentage points and 37 percentage points, so “the most competitive gubernatorial battle in years” isn’t exactly the highest bar to clear.

Why am I getting an uneasy feeling about this race?  I’m not sure.

In an election year where Republicans are supposed to run rampant all over the electoral map, six percentage points seems to be a little lean, especially for a red state like Texas.  Are Democrats more engaged and united behind White than Republicans are for Perry?


Tea Party truther exposed

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Like I’ve said before, I have some reservations about the tea party movement.  It draws attention to a fine line between conservative activism versus a motley crew of libertarians, Perotistas and other assorted extremist fringe types. 

While the main thrust of Tea Party Nation is rooted in promoting conservatism,  I’m afraid others will try to co-opt the movement and run with the TPN banner, when in fact, they have no business being there.

That concern has just been exposed:

Tea party candidate Debra Medina was thrashed Thursday by her two powerful Republican rivals in the Texas gubernatorial race after suggesting that the United States government may have played a role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The businesswoman and grass-roots activist has been surging in recent polls and is even threatening to beat out three-term Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for a second-place finish to Gov. Rick Perry, despite having neither the money nor the staff that both Perry and Hutchison boast.

But Medina’s slip Thursday — telling conservative talk show host Glenn Beck that “good questions have been raised” about the federal government having a hand in the terrorist attacks — has Perry and Hutchison smelling blood in the water and hoping to crush the insurgent candidate.

In case I haven’t made myself clear before, let me just say BIRTHERS ARE INSANE. 

But I need to amend that statement slightly: BIRTHERS AND TRUTHERS ARE EQUALLY INSANE.

These people have no place in the Republican party or the conservative movement, and should have no place in Tea Party Nation’s platform. 

As the Politico piece notes, Hutchinson and Perry have a huge opening and, rightfully so, will wail on Medina’s campaign mercilessly.  If there is any sanity left in the Republican cosmos, Medina will quickly fade away.