Skip to comments.Editorial: Greg Abbott takes poll position
Posted on 04/19/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
If Texas Tech Universitys numbers are any indication, the race for Texas governor wont be all that competitive.
According to a poll released last week by Techs Earl Survey Research Lab, GOP gubernatorial candidate and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has about lapped Democratic candidate state Sen. Wendy Davis.
Granted, there is a long way to go before the Nov. 4 election, but with 54 percent of respondents saying they would vote for Abbott and only 25 percent backing Davis the attorney general has reason for optimism, at least according to this poll. (And before Davis supporters contend the poll was only representative of conservative-leaning West Texas, polling consisted of a statewide telephone survey.)
Fifteen percent of respondents have yet to make up their minds as far as the governors race, while six percent arent voting for Abbott or Davis.
So, even if Davis were to get every single undecided voter, while somehow managing to convince those not voting Republican or Democrat to vote Democratic, the state senator famous for a marathon abortion filibuster in the Legislature would still be significantly behind Abbott.
Does this mean the race is over? Hardly. It is, after all, just one poll, but it is a barometer.
It should be noted that only 17 percent of respondents identified themselves as Democrats, while 41 percent said they were Republicans.
However, this disparity shouldnt be a surprise in bright-red Texas.
Other numbers that were interesting: Sen. Ted Cruzs approval rating was 51 percent (higher than fellow Sen. John Cornyns 46 percent), support for gay marriage was basically a wash (48 percent said gay marriage should be recognized as valid, while 47 percent said it should not). A convincing 77 percent considered the states voter ID law as mainly used to prevent fraud, while only 20 percent bought into the conspiracy theory of the voter ID law being used to make it harder for some groups to vote.
Speaking of polls, according to Public Policy Polling, Abbott is leading Davis among female voters 49 percent to 41 percent. If Davis cannot earn a good chunk of the female vote in Texas, her campaign will struggle.
No one is conceding the gubernatorial race. These numbers are more informational if not entertainment.
However, the numbers show that if a Democrat is going to win a statewide election in Texas for the first time since 1994, there is some work to do.
Color me shocked.
How’s that CPRIT investigation coming along? Abbott should be stepping down in shame for his total lack of leadership and oversight over millions in bunk grants to his political friends and cronies. But hey, he is a Republican, he gets a pass right?
I hope the Texas GOP is spending some of the money that they don’t need to spend on the easy races, on expanding this gulf between Hispanics and their reaction to Davis’s candidacy.
But didn’t the voters get the dim message that he’s in a wheelchair?
“However, the numbers show that if a Democrat is going to win a statewide election in Texas for the first time since 1994...”
Author is wrong. W was elected governor in 1994. Ma Richards was elected in 1990.
There was a poll this week that had Abbott, as well as Cornyn and Dan Patrick up by around 15 points (each of them). The Dems did actually think that they were in the process of turning Texas blue, but not going to happen, at least in 2014.
Their only hope now, other than waiting 40 years, is for Voter ID to get thrown out, or Amnesty to pass. Hopefully neither happens.
Wow Wee DRUNK! More than two days have passed and you don't seem to have a single response. Reckon' what gives with that?!? Need a clue?
Please don't say yes. I don't want another 'timeout' right now.