Thursday, July 23, 2009

POLITICO gives Rick and Kay its treatment...

POLITICO did a profile on the Rick and Kay race in Texas, not breaking any new ground really but at least introducing the race to a broader national audience and especially people in Washington (link). Excerpts follow...

To many Texas political observers, it came as little surprise when a ream of polls came out earlier this year showing her well ahead of incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Perry, including a Public Policy Polling survey in February showing Hutchison with a commanding 56 percent to 31 percent lead.

But as Hutchison prepares to formally announce the launch of her campaign next month, the election landscape tells a very different story. A Rasmussen survey released last week showed Perry opening up a 46 percent to 36 percent lead over Hutchison, while a Texas Politics Project poll conducted late last month showed Perry leading Hutchison 38 percent to 26 percent. A Texas Lyceum survey conducted late last month, meanwhile, showed Perry leading 33 percent to 21 percent.

“I’m very surprised,” said Craig Murphy, a leading Republican strategist in the state. “I think everybody’s surprised. Everyone assumed that her favorability would put her way ahead to start with.”

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