Santorum Creaming Rest of Texas Primary Crop

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Big polling news today: Santorum has shot out to the lead and looks poised to top the rest of the GOP Presidential field here in Texas. A new poll conducted by the Texas Tribune and University of Texas shows that the former Pennsylvania Senator has taken a commanding lead. From the Tribune:


“Rick Santorum has cut through the clutter and emerged as not simply the non-Romney candidate, but as the most credible conservative candidate in the race,” said Daron Shaw, the co-director of the UT/TT poll.

“He hasn't totally clinched that, but Santorum has gone from a guy who couldn't get two minutes in a debate to being a guy who looks like the front-runner – not just in Texas, but maybe nationally,” added Shaw.”

Santorum's strong showing demonstrates that there is still tremendous fluidity in the GOP field. In January, PPP Polls showed Romney with a strong lead over the rest of the pack. Back in October, Herman Cain was leading the field, even topping Rick Perry himself. Of course, it was Rick Perry who initially led the race in Texas, before his debate appearances caused our governor's campaign to self-destruct. After dropping out, Rick Perry endorsed Newt Gingrich, though the polls indicate that Perry's imprimatur has not helped the serial philanderer win votes in the Lone Star State.

Now that Texas looks to be holding our primary much later in the nominating season, a significant number of delegates will be up for grabs in late May and early June. California is holding their primary on June 5 along with four other states. As the nomination fight drags on, Texas's delegates could become a big factor in the nomination battle. Advertisements for Santorum spewing forth on our television and radio waves could certainly solidify his lead, while Super PACs for Romney and Gingrich could make Santorum literally froth at the mouth with their negative attacks. Meanwhile, we in Texas are left to ponder how Governor Rick Perry might have fared had he stayed in the race: after all, he certainly knows a thing or two about coming from behind to win.

Past polling in Texas is below.



Past GOP Presidential Polls in Texas

Date: Results: Source:
Feb. 8-15, 2012 Rick Santorum: 45%

Newt Gingrich: 18%

Mitt Romney: 16%

Ron Paul: 14%

Another Republican: 6%

UT/TT
Jan. 12-15, 2012 Mitt Romney 24%

Newt Gingrich 23%

Rick Perry 18%

Rick Santorum 15%

Ron Paul 12%

Undecided 9%

PPP
Oct. 19-26, 2011 Hermain Cain: 27%

Rick Perry: 26%

Ron Paul: 12%

Mitt Romney: 9%

Newt Gingrich: 8%

Michele Bachmann: 2%

Others: 4%

Don't Know: 11%

UT/TT
Sept. 15-18, 2011 Rick Perry 49%

Mitt Romney 10%

Newt Gingrich 8%

Michele Bachmann 7%

Herman Cain 7%

Ron Paul 7%

Rick Santorum  3%

Jon Huntsman 2%

Someone else/Not sure 7%

PPP

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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