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Texas GOP Poll: ‘Tea Party’ challenger beats Cornyn 46% to 33%
Human Events ^ | October 29, 2913 | Neil W. McCabe

Posted on 10/29/2013 6:49:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

A generic “Tea Party” candidate beats Sen. John Cornyn III (R.-Texas) a Oct. 26 Human Events/Gravis poll of Republican voters in Texas 46 percent to 33 percent for the GOP’s number two senator.

The poll clearly shows Cornyn is trouble, especially when you see that in the poll Sen. R. Edward Cruz (R.-Texas) has a job approval rating of 73 percent among Republicans and Cornyn 46 percent, said the pollster Doug Kaplan, who founded Gravis Marketing in 2010 and whose polls were included in the Real Clear Politics basket of polls during the 2012 campaign.

The Republican primary is March 4. The day for candidates to file for the primary is Nov. 9 with a Dec. 9 filing deadline.

In head-to-head questions the only named individual who beat Cornyn was former Republican congressman Ron D. Paul, who beat Cornyn 44 percent to 34 percent, but that could be a function of name recognition, Kaplan said.

“From the results of this poll, a lesser-known candidate could close the gap by embracing the Tea Party label,” he said.

The other named head-to-head results against Cornyn were: Rep. Stephen E. Stockman (R-Texas) 15 percent v. Cornyn,, Rep. Louis B. Gohmert Jr., (R.-Texas) 20 percent v. Cornyn 45 percent and Rafael Cruz, father of the Texas senator: 33 percent v. Cornyn 39 percent

Kaplan said another sign that Cornyn is vulnerable is the large numbers of respondents, who said they were undecided, those typically swing against an incumbent.

When all four men were polled against each other, Rafael Cruz came out on top with 41 percent. The others followed with Cornyn 25 percent, Paul 18 percent and Stockman with 3 percent and 13 percent unsure.

Erick W. Erickson, who runs the conservative commentary and news site RedState.com, said voters are clued into the difference between how Cornyn’s talks in Texas and walks in Washington.

“The Gravis polling shows more and more that Senators like John Cornyn cannot tell constituents at home he supports defunding Obamacare and then work in Washington to undermine the defunding fight,” Erickson said.

“Voters are paying attention,” the Fox News commentator said.

Matt Kibbe, the president of Freedom Works, the national Tea Party support organization, said he is not surprised that of the two senators, Texas Republicans have a higher opinion of Cruz than Cornyn.

“Senator Cruz made very clear promises to Texans during his senatorial campaign, and he is keeping them,” he said.

“The numbers clearly show that grassroots activists are standing with Cruz every step of the way because he is a bold leader who is strong enough to not get sucked into the deal-making quicksand in Washington,” he said. “Texans mean what they say, and say what they mean, and they deserve representation in Washington that will do the same.”

Sal Russo, chief strategist and co-founder of the Tea Party Express, said he is not surprised that Texas voters would be open to a primary challenge to Cornyn.

“What the establishment Republicans forget is the frustration felt by the Tea Party about what happens in Washington,” he said. “The go-along to get-along is not the attitude what Americans want to see.”

Russo said the gulf between the conservatives and the GOP leadership is not the same or as large as it was in 1964 or even 1980. After Ronald W. Reagan was elected, many Republicans urged Reagan to give up his promises to cut spending and taxes.

“Now the battles are about tactics,” said Russo, who started working for Ronald W. Reagan as a 19-year-old. Most Republicans agree on conservative principles, but disagree the best way to achieve them.

The problem is that if a Republican campaigns as a conservative and then becomes something else in Washington, the voters are going to be angry, he said.

Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, said Texans should be proud of elected officials like Senator Cruz.

“Sen. Ted Cruz has bravely led the fight against gross government overreach by working tirelessly to defeat Obamacare, which is showing clearer indications every day that it will be an incredible burden on the country,” she said.

“We need more elected officials like Sen. Cruz who have taken a ‘damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead’ approach and are more concerned about their constituents and the path of this country,” she said.

The poll showed that only 20 percent of Texas Republicans believe Cornyn understands the problems of regular Texans.

Martin said the values of Texans are aligned with the goals of the Tea Party.

“Texans pride themselves on their self- sufficiency and as a result, it isn’t a surprise that the Tea Party’s core values of restoring a constitutionally limited, fiscally responsible government resonate strongly with the majority of the Republican voters in the state,” she said.

“This poll has clear indications—Texans want representatives who care more about what is right for the country and Texas than making deals in Washington,” Martin said.

Other results of the poll give insight into how Texas Republicans expect their members of Congress to vote with 79 percent supporting the campaign to defund Obamacare, 81 percent opposing amnesty for illegal aliens and only 20 percent supporting federally-supported farm income.


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: conservatism; cornyn; gope; rafaelcruz; teaparty; tedcruz

1 posted on 10/29/2013 6:49:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Cornyn must go!


2 posted on 10/29/2013 6:50:45 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Rafael Cruz garner tremendous support from the environmental lobby: they could recycle/reuse all those lawn signs..

And the "Junior senator" from Texas would be the father of the "senior senator" from Texas..how kewl is that?

3 posted on 10/29/2013 6:53:07 AM PDT by ken5050 (Benghazi investigation update: "The plot thickens, like Hillary Clinton's ankles.." (longfellow")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And throughout this great nation, I hope the angry, seething formerly-quiet masses of pissed off real American Taxpaying citizens for sovereignty also sweep their houses clean of this appeasing elitist filth and his ilk all over the country.


4 posted on 10/29/2013 6:54:55 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Cornpone is attempting a media blitz of half-truths about his record. I tried to tell him not to waste money on a campaign but hey, it isn’t his money so what the heck.

The adds are revolting and I wish someone would challenge them line for line.


5 posted on 10/29/2013 6:56:01 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Sen. R. Edward Cruz (R.-Texas) has a job approval rating of 73 percent among Republicans and Cornyn 46 percent,
6 posted on 10/29/2013 6:57:02 AM PDT by Baynative (I meant to write a different story in my diary. But that's life, I guess.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Holy! Cornyn can be taken out in a runoff, just as Dewhurst was. The question is, who would be the Tea Party candidate. Wyatt and Stovall don’t seem to be getting any traction and Vega looks to be a RINO on immigration.


7 posted on 10/29/2013 6:57:04 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: ken5050

I agree with your thought, but I have long silently maintained to myself that the arrogance and political catechism of ‘junior’ and ‘senior’ with respect to a United States Congressman or Senator is patent bullshit.

In effect, tagging an member of Congress with such is an insult to the ultimate holders of that office - the people of that district or state. In this regard, calling them ‘junior’ is an unwarranted and completely inappropriate act. No group in this country should have ‘seniority’ over another.


8 posted on 10/29/2013 6:59:39 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Sequoyah101

The adds are revolting and I wish someone would challenge them line for line.

I agree, it’s a joke a year out all his commercials telling us how conservative he is.

Obviously, he is really scared of his next opponent.

I can’t wait to vote him out and replaced by another Cruz like Texan.

MSN wants us to think the TP is dead. Wait til the results of 2014 come in, they’ll be shocked yet again.


9 posted on 10/29/2013 7:00:39 AM PDT by Undecided 2012
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
If we can pick 5 or 6 seats, and have all of them filled with this "generic" type, that would be a beautiful thing, aka a Sarah Palin type surge to send Ted Cruz and Company, 5 or 6 more like them as reinforcements.

Horpfully other(s) joining Cornyn in retirement, are the likes of one Southern Carolina Senator...

10 posted on 10/29/2013 7:05:33 AM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: ken5050

Hey, we got Rand and Ron... two Cruzs would be perfect!


11 posted on 10/29/2013 7:08:10 AM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: Gaffer

Le me guess..you’re a distant relative of Ernest Hollings..(g)


12 posted on 10/29/2013 7:08:18 AM PDT by ken5050 (Benghazi investigation update: "The plot thickens, like Hillary Clinton's ankles.." (longfellow")
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To: txhurl
Dare I say it?

Cornyn is "Cruzing for a bruising..."

13 posted on 10/29/2013 7:09:27 AM PDT by ken5050 (Benghazi investigation update: "The plot thickens, like Hillary Clinton's ankles.." (longfellow")
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To: Revolting cat!

Jen/Eric 2016!


14 posted on 10/29/2013 7:10:39 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Undecided 2012

Yes, a year out. If I had anything but ill feelings toward him I would think he is pitiful. The adds are just an attempt to prop him and his ego up. Damage control attempts.

I just want to see the train wreck. He could be a tougher opponent than dewdrop was in the primary and the debates. That was like a lamb to slaughter... pretty boy meets highly educated and smart junk yard dog. I loved it. Dewdrop had that look on his face that said, “this wasn’t supposed to happen. They promised I’d win.” Ha, ha!


15 posted on 10/29/2013 7:22:44 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Come on Texas!! Pick one to run against Cornyn. We’ll support him/her!!


16 posted on 10/29/2013 7:29:32 AM PDT by jch10 ("Normandy was closed when we got there too!")
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To: Sequoyah101

I just want to see the train wreck. He could be a tougher opponent than dewdrop was in the primary and the debates. That was like a lamb to slaughter... pretty boy meets highly educated and smart junk yard dog. I loved it. Dewdrop had that look on his face that said, “this wasn’t supposed to happen. They promised I’d win.” Ha, ha!

I like that.

It’s true, I think he really did expect to win. His adds against Ted very so over the top and bordering blatantly libelous.


17 posted on 10/29/2013 7:36:01 AM PDT by Undecided 2012
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To: Undecided 2012

That’s what un-nerves RATS about Cruz, what you said: Harvard Junk Yard Dog.

Who is NOT for sale to anything or anybody.


18 posted on 10/29/2013 7:44:14 AM PDT by txhurl ('The DOG ate my homework. That homework, too. ALL my homework. OK?' - POSHITUS)
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To: txhurl

So many in TX wouldn’t know Cornball if he knocked on their door, but he still always wins. I don’t think he has ever lost an election. People like the familiar name even if they can’t place the face.


19 posted on 10/29/2013 8:00:11 AM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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To: Theodore R.

Texas atty general and nobody knew him then either but he promoted himself as conservative. I think he and Kay Barelyrepublican must be pew mates or something.

Time for him to lose and lose big time. Somebody strong needs to run against him though and make an exclamation point of the campaign.


20 posted on 10/29/2013 8:59:22 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Sequoyah101
The adds are revolting and I wish someone would challenge them line for line.

Cornyn's ad quotes some magazine or organization saying he is the second most conservative member of the Senate. I looked up his 2012 ranking (the most recent ranking available) by the American Conservative Union based on the votes on 25 Senate bills. By the ACU, Cornyn is tied in 2012 for 16th most conservative senator with four other senators. And get this, by the ACU's 2012 ranking John McCain is more conservative than Cornyn.

21 posted on 10/29/2013 11:39:08 AM PDT by rustbucket (Mens et Manus)
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To: rustbucket

I should note that the ACU rankings on 25 votes that I cited above were from the second session of the 112th Congress.


22 posted on 10/29/2013 1:05:18 PM PDT by rustbucket (Mens et Manus)
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To: rustbucket

nice poll.

Now all we need is a TEA Party challenger


23 posted on 10/29/2013 1:07:20 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: rustbucket

The ACU is off its rocker


24 posted on 10/29/2013 1:10:13 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL
In lifetine ACU ratings, Cornyn is more conservative than McCain, but not so in the 25 bills used in the 2012 rankings. Cornyn is 13th most conservative senator in lifetime ACU rankings.

See for yourself: Link

Here are the 25 Senate bills used for ranking: Link 2

25 posted on 10/29/2013 1:30:01 PM PDT by rustbucket (Mens et Manus)
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To: rustbucket

I would have to seriously question how they rank these Senators.


26 posted on 10/29/2013 1:33:25 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Undecided 2012
I can’t wait to vote him out and replaced by another Cruz like Texan.

"Rafael Cruz" Mega BUMP!

27 posted on 10/29/2013 4:34:43 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: jch10

my choice is Tom Delay


28 posted on 10/29/2013 9:52:30 PM PDT by flowergirl
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They should run ads with Cruz not endorsing Cornyn. Maybe try to corner Cruz and ask him if he thinks a Tea Party challenger will vote more conservative than Cornyn and when Cruz laughs run that as an ad. As well as Cornyn trying to rescue Schumer’s bill.

I dont know why Ron Paul doesn’t run for senate. It suits him more than the house.


29 posted on 11/01/2013 7:31:48 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: GeronL

Louis Gohmert

???


30 posted on 11/04/2013 11:49:08 AM PST by rbmillerjr (We have No Opposition to Obam a's Socialist Agenda:)
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To: rustbucket

Yeah Cornyn voted with Cruz on the recent ObamaCare bill but behind the scenes worked his arse off to cut Cruz off at the knees.

We need a more complex way to look at these people. It was a safe vote for Cornyn and some others up for reelection to vote against Cruz...but it Election Protection BS.


31 posted on 11/04/2013 11:52:21 AM PST by rbmillerjr (We have No Opposition to Obam a's Socialist Agenda:)
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To: rbmillerjr

did I misspell his name?

There was a Facebook to draft Gohmert movement I joined, he doesn’t seem interested


32 posted on 11/04/2013 11:54:25 AM PST by GeronL
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To: jch10
Come on Texas!! Pick one to run against Cornyn. We’ll support him/her!!

Objective #1: send it to a runoff. Cornyn will not get 50% of the vote if there are 3 or more candidates.

Objective #2: the more the merrier, i.e. the more to incessantly pound on Cornyn.

33 posted on 11/04/2013 11:58:58 AM PST by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: GeronL

Not sure if he’s officially a Tea Party candidate, but Erick Wyatt has my support. Combat veteran, staunch conservative.

http://www.erickwyatt.com/


34 posted on 11/04/2013 12:00:09 PM PST by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: william clark

Seems like a good guy but getting noticed might be a problem for the “little guys”


35 posted on 11/04/2013 12:01:39 PM PST by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Well, running for state wide office isn’t for everybody...but the opportunity is there.

I’m not form Texas, but some people on facebook from Texas are putting this guy out there.

David Barton

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=624721604245930&set=a.458060017578757.117583.100001242870620&type=1&theater


36 posted on 11/04/2013 12:54:30 PM PST by rbmillerjr (We have No Opposition to Obam a's Socialist Agenda:)
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To: taildragger
Horpfully other(s) joining Cornyn in retirement, are the likes of one Southern Carolina Senator...

...and a certain plaid-clad Volunteer.

37 posted on 11/04/2013 1:11:52 PM PST by tnlibertarian (Beat Lamar! And, if that doesn't work, let's defeat him in the primary.)
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To: rbmillerjr

If he were Joe Barton he might have a real shot. lol.


38 posted on 11/04/2013 1:24:31 PM PST by GeronL
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To: rbmillerjr

David Barton seems to generate more press than the other “also-rans” who have announced.


39 posted on 11/04/2013 1:25:03 PM PST by GeronL
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The day for candidates to file for the primary is Nov. 9 with a Dec. 9 filing deadline.

************

This is the key as someone has to get in and then be able to gather the funding necessary
to run an expensive media campaign. I’m not there now so I don’t have a feel for any
potentials with the backing to accomplish this. Have you got any info worth sharing?


40 posted on 11/04/2013 1:39:53 PM PST by deport
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Earth to Karl Rove...... Earth to Karl Rove...... come in Karl.....


41 posted on 11/04/2013 1:40:48 PM PST by jersey117
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To: deport

Poll questions with numbers


42 posted on 11/04/2013 1:51:06 PM PST by deport
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To: GeronL

Well, at this point everyone who goes up against the incumbent is going to be a “little guy.” It’s not like Ted Cruz was a household name, even in Texas, before he ran for the Senate seat.


43 posted on 11/04/2013 7:08:41 PM PST by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hey, CW. Shoot me FReepMail. I would like some Tejas TeaParty connections to discuss how we can keep Cornyn from continuing his GOPe tenure.


44 posted on 11/26/2013 6:29:33 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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