Skip to comments.Texas Governor: Perry Back to 40% Bell (D) Continues to Trail Crowd in Four-Way Gubernatorial Race
Posted on 07/25/2006 5:15:11 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
Republican Governor Rick Perry The latest Rasmussen Reports election survey shows incumbent Governor Rick Perry (R) maintaining his lead over three opponents seeking his job. Forty percent (40%) of the 500 Texas voters surveyed now choose Perry, a two-point jump from last months poll.
Independent candidates Carole Keeton Strayhorn, Texas current comptroller of public accounts, and musician Kinky Friedman continue their mid-pack battle. Last month, Friedman earned support from 20% of voters compared to Strayhorns 19%. Theyve swapped positions in the current survey with Strayhorn now coming in second to Perry at 20% and Friedman placing third at 19%.
Strayhorn did have one minor setback this month; the Texas secretary of state denied her bid to be listed on the states ballot as Grandma Strayhorn, a decision she plans to appeal in court. Friedman will be listed on the ballot as Kinky.
Democrat Chris Bells support continues to erode with the candidate now collecting 13% of voters support, representing a one-point drop from last month and a four-point slip since April.
In a race that needs a scorecard to keep track of its cast of characters, voters arent sticking to party labels when choosing their candidates of choice. Strayhorn, currently holding office elected office as a Republican and running for governor as an Independent has a higher favorable rating among Democrats (57%) than Bell, the partys official candidate, who pulls a 50% favorable rating from his party peers.
Perrys job approval rating narrowly leads that of President Bush 56% to 53%. Bush scores slightly higher among GOP voters with an 80% approval compared to Perrys 76%. Among Democrats, though, Perrys crossover appeal is stronger: he beats Bush with an approval of 32% versus the presidents 18%.
The Texas Senate race is even less competitive than the Governors race.
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Paging Howard Dean!
I think it would be wonderful if the 'RAT candidate for governor placed fourth.
Chris Bell? A one-term nobody congressman with little money.
Chris Bell = the king of whine... plus... he's a wuss to the Nth degree.
Chris Bell's Poll numbers would go up in he had the letter "L" tattoo'd on his forehead, because then we would know at least he was honest.
Ha ha ha, email the campaign, he's desperate and loony enough to do it!
Have you seen Chris Bell's TV commercials?
Some of the worse I've ever seen.
I've heard they were bad, even the radio commercials.
My 7 year old is like "who's that doofus?"
"Nobody son, don't worry about it."
A televised security video of him robbing a 7/11 would get him more votes.
Looks like Perry is vulnerable to a last minute dropout by one of the independents. He needs to get a few percent higher. In such a republican state, it's too bad he can't get over 50 percent. I like that the Dem is getting only 13 percent.
If Perry would clean up his act and become a conservative Republican he claims he is then he would have higher polls.
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