Bill White continues to narrow the gap in the race for Texas governor and is within striking distance, according to today’s Texas Lyceum Poll, which puts the head-to-head at 48-43. Among independent voters, White holds a commanding lead over the longtime incumbent Rick Perry, 50 percent to 34 percent.
The poll was in the field just before Lone Star First, an independent group with DGA support, began highlighting how his 25 years as a politician have changed Perry, and the Dallas Morning News revealed Perry’s campaign contributors are receiving millions in taxpayer dollars. Bill White is picking up momentum with more stories about Perry’s corruption popping daily.
Texas Lyceum Poll Shows Governor’s Race Not a Forgone Conclusion
White Trails Perry by 5 with Perry 48%, White 43%
Kathie Glass at 5% with 3% Undecided
AUSTIN – Statewide poll numbers released today show that Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Houston Mayor Bill White trails Republican Governor Rick Perry by five points. The fourth annual 2010 Texas Lyceum Poll, conducted September 22nd – September 30th, shows Rick Perry leading Bill White 48% – 43% among likely voters. The margin of error is +/-4.75 percentage points.
Among self-identified independent voters, White leads Perry 50% – 34%, with Libertarian Kathie Glass also earning 10% support. Moderate voters are also breaking to White, who leads Perry 67% – 22% amongst that group. Perry, however, commands a 76%-17% lead amongst conservatives and has locked down 81% of the Republican vote.
The survey sample, which consists of 416 likely voters, also indicates that most Texans have made up their minds in the race for Governor with only 3% undecided. Meanwhile, of the remaining candidates in the Governor’s race Libertarian candidate Glass has 5-points and Green Party candidate Deb Shafto has 1-point.