Skip to comments.Texas GOP Poll: ‘Tea Party’ challenger beats Cornyn 46% to 33%
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 GOPs 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 Cornyns 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 isnt a surprise that the Tea Partys 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 indicationsTexans 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.
Cornyn must go!
And the "Junior senator" from Texas would be the father of the "senior senator" from Texas..how kewl is that?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Horpfully other(s) joining Cornyn in retirement, are the likes of one Southern Carolina Senator...
Hey, we got Rand and Ron... two Cruzs would be perfect!
Le me guess..you’re a distant relative of Ernest Hollings..(g)
Cornyn is "Cruzing for a bruising..."
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!
Come on Texas!! Pick one to run against Cornyn. We’ll support him/her!!
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 wasnt supposed to happen. They promised Id 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.
That’s what un-nerves RATS about Cruz, what you said: Harvard Junk Yard Dog.
Who is NOT for sale to anything or anybody.
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.
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.
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