AUSTIN – Senator Dan Patrick’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor today released the key findings of an internal poll fielded this week that shows Senator Dan Patrick and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst likely heading to a runoff in next March’s primary.
Dan Patrick leads the GOP field for Lieutenant Governor among Republican primary voters who have seen his television ads and voters in the Houston media market. Dan Patrick has also closed the gap with Dewhurst among immigration voters, the top issue concern for Texas Republicans, while Todd Staples’ support among immigration voters has collapsed following revelation and media coverage of Staples’ votes for in-state tuition, driver’s licenses, and free government health care for illegal immigrants.
Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor pollster and media consultant Bryan Sanders of The Wickers Group said in a statement, “In Texas you’re seeing a replay of the David Dewhurst-Ted Cruz primary, only now Dan Patrick is the insurgent movement conservative that will force David Dewhurst into a runoff with a very conservative electorate. It’s déjà vu for David Dewhurst, and if history and the data are any guide, Dan Patrick is very well positioned to be the next Lieutenant Governor of Texas.”
The Wickers Group Key Findings
TEXAS POLL RESULTS:
The Wickers Group conducted a live telephone survey (landline and cell phone) of 400 likely Republican primary voters in Texas between November 4 and November 6, 2013 to measure the general political environment in the state as well as to test specific issues related to the election for Lieutenant Governor. Respondents were qualified for the survey by being both registered and considered likely to vote in the Republican primary election for Lieutenant Governor. The margin of error is +/- 4.5%. What follows are the ballot test numbers among key sub-groups of voters (seen Patrick ads, watch Fox News, immigration voters, Houston media market, and statewide vote):
SEEN PATRICK ADS:
TOP ISSUE: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION:
HOUSTON MEDIA MARKET: