It is why he was reelected with only 39% of the vote in 2006.
In a 4-way race in 2006, he beat his closest opponent by 10 points even with a former Republican, a Democrat, and an Independent in the race. In a 3-way race in the 2010 primary, he beat his closest opponent (Hutchison) by 20 points.
Nothing that you've said is the least bit accurate.
Any incumbent that gets 39% of the vote is weak. I don’t care hos many candidates there are. Conservatives in TX were getting sick of Rick Perry even then.
Only two other governors in TX history have been reelected with less than forty percent of the vote...in 1853 and 1861.
And the formidable field he was running against included Kinky Friedman (who got 13%) and Scott McClellan’s mommy Carole Strayhorn (who got 18%) along with a no name Dem Congressman. The votes garnered by Kinky and the Dem Congressman were more than Perry got, which suggests that if Kinky had backed the Dem, Perry would have lost.
I repeat. Perry is no political powerhouse. And the facts establish it. He won’t get the nomination.
was lucky to be running against KBH and the truhter in 2010 and to have had Palin’s help. If he had had a real conservative like Ted Cruz running against him in the GOP primary one on one, he would have lost.