Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Today is primary day in Texas

University of Texas: Abbott Lead Widens Over Davis in Latest UT/Texas Tribune Poll
February 24, 2014
Attorney General Greg Abbott’s lead has widened over gubernatorial challenger state Sen. Wendy Davis, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

If the election for Texas governor were held today, Abbott would have an 11-point lead over Davis, 47 to 36 percent, with 17 percent undecided. In last November’s poll Abbott had a 6-point lead over Davis, with 25 percent responding as undecided.

When asked if the 2014 election for lieutenant governor were held today, respondents preferred any of the four GOP candidates—including frontrunners David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick—over Democrat Leticia Van de Putte by margins ranging from 9 to 12 points.

The statewide poll, conducted Feb. 7-17, surveyed 1,200 registered Texas voters and had a margin of error of 3.28 percentage points.
There is more at the link, plus the Texas Tribune has more on the down-ballot contests.  The more noteworthy will be the primaries for Senate, where both parties have candidates as nutty as Ted Cruz.  Over on the Republican side, Steve Stockman looks like he's headed for easy defeat against John Cornyn.  On the Democratic side, LaRouchie Kesha Roberts is leading.  To put it bluntly, the LaRouchies are kooks, as I've seen first hand.  The only good news is that the Democratic nomination will likely go to a runoff, where she will likely be defeated.

For additional coverage, I recommend the Daily Kos Elections Texas primary preview.  I'll be back after midnight with the results.

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