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  [Gov] Perry tops [Comp] Strayhorn in poll of [TX] Republican voters
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Last EditedArmyDem  Sep 08, 2005 11:11am
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News DateThursday, September 8, 2005 05:10:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBut governor's approval rating continues to drop among all Texans

08:10 AM CDT on Thursday, September 8, 2005
By WAYNE SLATER / The Dallas Morning News

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry holds a double-digit lead over Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn in a GOP primary race, although Republican voters say both candidates are doing a good job, according to a new poll.

At the same time, the Scripps Howard Texas Poll indicates that Mr. Perry has not locked up a majority of Republican primary voters and that the governor's job-approval ratings continue to slide among all Texans.

If the 2006 primary were held today, 46 percent of Republican voters would support Mr. Perry, compared with 28 percent for Mrs. Strayhorn. Nearly one-quarter are undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Analysts said the numbers indicate that although Mrs. Strayhorn faces an uphill battle in trying to oust the incumbent, the task is not impossible.

"If there's any silver lining for Strayhorn it's that within the party – the key vote – he doesn't have the magical 50 percent," said Jerry Polinard, a political science professor at the University of Texas-Pan American.

The Strayhorn campaign said the survey shows the governor is vulnerable to an intraparty challenge.

"He's been governor for five years, and a staggering 54 percent of members of his party are looking to vote someone else," said Mark Sanders, a spokesman for Mrs. Strayhorn.

The comptroller has been sharply critical of Mr. Perry, and some Republicans have speculated that could cost her support among the GOP faithful. But the survey indicates she maintains high job-approval ratings within the party – 49 percent approve of the job she's doing and 16 percent disapprove.

The Perry camp said poll results will fluctuate, but the governor is focused on doing his job. Mr. Perry has a 55 percent positive job-approval rating among Republicans and a 30 percent negative rating.
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