A Ron Paul/Tea Party Candidate Surges in Texas
The new Public Policy Polling numbers on the Texas gubernatorial primary have first-time candidate Debra Medina surging against Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), from nowhere to 24 percent support.
Medina is clearly riding the wave of discontent with the Republican establishment. Among primary voters who disapprove of the job the GOP in Congress is doing she actually leads with 37% to 32% for Perry and 22% for Hutchison.
Medina owes at least some of her support to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who has employed her on his electoral bids and with his Campaign for Liberty, and who tipped off his supporters to her candidacy in September. While the challenge Paul is facing from three Tea Party candidates reveals that the movement is much more hawkish and traditionally Republican in federal elections, the 10th Amendment argument is clearly a winner with state voters.
And how much further to the right is Medina than the other candidates? While Perry edged away from his apparent endorsement of secession at an April 15 Tea Party, Medina spoke in August at a “sovereignty or secession” rally.