A new KTVT-TV/Dixie Strategies poll suggests a majority of likely Democratic primary voters are undecided about the races at the top of their party’s ticket:
- GOV: Undecided 54, Andrew White 17, Lupe Valdez 12, Adrian Ocegueda 6, others 11
- LTGOV: Undecided 75, Mike Collier 13, Michael Cooper 12
- LAND: Undecided 71, Miguel Suazo 17, Tex Morgan 12
- SEN: Undecided 53, Beto O’Rourke 38, Sema Hernandez 6, Edward Kimbrough 3
Likely Republican primary voters were decidedly more lined up behind a single candidate. Gov. Greg Abbott (84%), Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (60%) and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (73%) received support from at least a majority of respondents. Land Comm. George P. Bush led former Comm. Jerry Patterson, 43%-16%. In all four Republican horse races, more people were undecided than committed to vote for all primary challengers combined.
Such high levels of undecided voters a week before the primary reinforces the challenge any Democratic candidate will have building name identification. Even O’Rourke, who has been campaigning for months, is not over 50% against largely token opponents.
The poll of 695 “likely voters” was in the field February 22-23. The stated margins of error were ±5.66% for the Democratic races and ±4.65% for the Republican races.
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