Poll: Gov. Rick Perry Slumps in 2010 GOP Primary
In the Texas gubernatorial race, a new Rasmussen Reports survey of Texas Republicans finds Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) falling slightly behind Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) for the first time this year. Hutchison leads 40-38; in the summer, Perry led by 10 points.
How is this happening despite Perry holding huge job approval numbers among GOP voters? One factor might be Debra Medina, a far-right Tea Party activist who entered the race last month on a 10th Amendment-centric state sovereignty platform. Perry has been making a strong appeal to Tea Party voters, and he can’t afford to lose too many of them to a spoiler.