When even Rasmussen says Perry only has a “small lead” over Bill White (the latest is 49-41), it makes you wonder how the race really stands, doesn't it? From their latest poll:
Neither major party candidate appears to be gaining any ground in Texas' gubernatorial race, with Republican incumbent Rick Perry still holding a small lead.
Despite the perceived differences in ideology, 51% of voters in the state describe Perry’s political views as mainstream, and 52% say the same of White's views. Thirty-three percent (33%) brand Perry's views as extreme, and 29% think White's are extreme.
Rick Perry consistently polls below 50%; meanwhile, Bill White has built a $3-million cash-on-hand advantage over Perry.
Here's an update on all the public polls in the race. As you can see, the average remains unchanged — though, you have to remember that the average is dominated by Rasmussen, an outfit that has shown to set the narratives for races by favoring Republicans in its polls only for the gaps to somehow always narrow just before election day.
The race is absolutely competitive. I'm looking forward to the next 71 days…
|Texas Governor's Race: Public Polls
|Feb. 7||TX Tribune||
|Feb. 10||TX Newspapers
|Feb. 10||Research 2000||46
|May 20||TX Tribune||44
|PUBLIC POLL AVERAGE