It’s never too early to take a poll

A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll says Texans see a Ted Cruz vs. Hillary Clinton presidential race in 2016. The poll says 32% of Texas Republicans would vote for Ted Cruz to be the party nominee (followed by 19% for an unknown candidate). While that’s pretty strong for three years in the future, 67% of Texas Democrats would nominate Hillary Clinton (also followed by 17% for an unknown candidate). It’s interesting to note that no other named Republican or Democratic potential candidate came close to the leaders or to an unknown candidate.

For the upcoming 2014 Texas elections Public Policy Polling (PPP) has issued their Texas Results (PDF) which show that Greg Abbott has a 50% to 35% lead over Wendy Davis to be the next Governor of Texas. That contrasts significantly with another UT/TT poll that says Abbot’s lead over Davis is only 40% to 35%. These pollsters obviously talked to different folks.

The PPP Texas Results also says Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst leads Democrat State Senator Leticia Van de Putte (who has not announced for the race) for Lt. Gov. by 45% to 37%. That poll may be premature since Dewhurst has three opponents trying to unseat him in the Republican primary. The UT/TT poll says Dewhurst is no shoo-in to win. He does lead the other candidates with 26% of the vote, but the race has 46% who say they are still undecided.

The candidate filing begins on Saturday and ends on Dec. 9th, so we at least should soon know who’s running for what in Texas.

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