Rick Perry Has His Biggest Lead Yet

The most recent Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Texas GOP voters shows:

Candidate Percentage
Rick Perry 48%

Kay Bailey

Hutchison

27%
Debra Medina
16%
Not Sure 9%

(Feb. 23 poll)

Rick Perry has his biggest lead yet since the race for Texas governor began. Since the beginning of this month, Perry has picked up the additional five percentage points from Kay Bailey Hutchison's voters and undecided voters. Debra Medina has stayed consistent with 16% of the votes, which is a bit surprising considering allegations of her being a 9/11 truther after her February 11th Glenn Beck interview.

February results for the Republican Gubernatorial Primary are quite the contrast from the September results, in which Kay Bailey Hutchison was in the lead with Debra Medina trailing behind both Hutchison and Perry:

 

Candidate Percentage
Rick Perry 38%

Kay Bailey

Hutchison

40%
Debra Medina
3%
Not Sure 19%

(Sept. 16 poll)

The contrast in results from September to February shows that Perry was able to successfully portray KBH as a Washington insider, which has a lot of clout right now when 75% of U.S. voters say they are angry at the federal government. Perry will need at least 50% of the vote to avoid a run-off between him and the second place candidate, which would be held on April 13th.

Early voting primary results show Perry at 49%, Hutchison at 24%, and Medina at 20%.

 

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