Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Perry struggles in Texas primary

A new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows Rick Perry only getting 4% in a hypothetical homestate primary.

1. Sarah Palin 12%

2. Newt Gingrich 11%

3. Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul 10%

5. Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann 7%

7. Donald Trump 6%

8. Rick Perry and Tim Pawlenty 4%

10. Rick Santorum 3%

11. Jon Huntsman and Mitch Daniels 1%

This isn't the first poll to show Perry struggling in his home state.

A January Public Policy Polling survey showed him tied up with Barack Obama in a TX general election primary; whereas, all the other major GOP contenders led the POTUS.

Still, I don't think Perry's struggles in his home state are as severe as the numbers indicate.

The Texas Tribune:

It's still early, cautions Jim Henson, who teaches government at UT, runs the Texas Politics Project and co-directs the poll. He doesn't think Perry's numbers are a big deal. "At this point, he's clearly not seen as a candidate," he says.