In the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate in Texas, a new survey of likely voters shows former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz closing in on Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
The poll conducted by Public Policy Polling April 19-22 shows Dewhurst with 38% and Cruz with 26%. What was a 29 point lead for David Dewhurst in September has now been cut all the way down to 12 points.
Dewhurst's superior name recognition is the main reason he continues to hold a lead of any size over Cruz. Among voters who are familiar with Cruz — whether they have a positive opinion of him or not — Cruz leads Dewhurst 39-34. That suggests that as Cruz's profile continues to increase this race may continue to get closer.
Dewhurst in trouble. That's why he's spending $1 million a week of his own money carpet bombing Cruz with negative television and radio ads. Will Texas Republicans allow Dewhurst to smear this proven conservative? Time will tell.
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