A funny thing happened along the way to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s win in the Republican primary last week. He actually lost support among voters along the way, according to Rasmussen Reports:
Fresh off his resounding Republican primary victory Tuesday, Texas Governor Rick Perry now finds himself in a close general election contest with Democratic nominee Bill White. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Texas finds Perry leading White, the popular former mayor of Houston, by just six points, 49% to 43%. Three percent (3%) opt for some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.
Late last month, Perry led White 47% to 41%, after leading by nine points earlier in February. Just after White first announced his candidacy in January, he trailed Perry 50% to 40%.
So Perry, who originally lead Bill White by ten points, then nine points, now leads by only six points. One has to wonder how this will shape up as we get closer to the election, for several reasons.
First, the Tea Parties are fed up with “business as usual,” whether it’s in Washington or Austin. Governor Perry’s mis-steps in the last few years have earned him no small amount of enmity within conservative circles; many of whom feel he’s a “Johnny-come-lately” to the conservative cause. It’s no coincidence that he had two opponents for the Republican nomination, and had not Glenn Beck pounced (many still feel unjustly) on Far-right Debra Medina’s candidacy, she may have very well forced Perry into a costly runoff. (Beck appears to be paying a price for his “beating upon” Medina; as he has lost thousands of followers on the TCOT (Top Conservatives on Twitter) website, falling from Number one last month to number five currently.)
Second, Democrat and former Houston Mayor Bill White has a much more impressive background as a conservative than Perry, which White’s campaign is emphasizing on this web site:
In a recent editorial, the Houston Chronicle praised White’s management skills and his hit-the-brakes approach to spending, noting, “Mayor White has deftly steered Houston through both fiscal and tropical storms. His successor will have a tough act to follow.”
The results of his strong leadership were noticed nationally in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Bill “mobilized more than 100,000 Houstonians in the public, private business and faith-based communities to help evacuees rebuild their lives with independence and dignity,” said the John F. Kennedy Foundation in presenting him the Profiles in Courage Award.
Bill has been a nationally recognized energy expert for decades, pushing for practical measures to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.
Earlier in his career, he helped build and manage one of the nation’s most successful law firms. White attended Harvard University on an American Legion scholarship and law school at the University of Texas.
Bill White grew up in San Antonio. Both his parents were public school teachers and his father is a disabled WWII veteran. Bill’s civic involvement began when he led voter registration drives in San Antonio’s West Side almost forty years ago.
For decades, Bill White and his wife Andrea have helped lead numerous charitable and civic organizations. The Whites are parents of three children and attend St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston, where Bill taught Sunday school for many years.
I have to tell you (and it’s not the latent Democrat in me talking either) that based on their records, Bill White may be the real conservative in this race. The tens of thousands of disaffected Medina voters are noticing this too, and the Republican Party of Texas issued this e-mail aler this week to stem a potential tide of defections in November; although failing to mention Debra Medina is NOT the way to win over her supporters:
The 2010 Texas Republican Primary ended tonight with a strong victory for Gov. Rick Perry. As Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said in her eloquent concession speech, the primary is behind us and now is the time to unite as one and get ready to defend our state’s strength, freedom and prosperity.
Congratulations to all of our candidates in our 92 contested primaries. While the governor’s race is decided, there are still many races that will require runoffs. Those will take place April 13.
The general election is November 2. That seems like a long time from now, but it will be here before we know it. Our task from now to then is to articulate our values and vision for our great state, and to prepare the way for victory.
It looks to me like Bill White’s got you beat on that one there, Rick. The only thing left to see now is whether Glenn Beck, after shooting down Debra Medina in flames just weeks before the election, will actually live up to his 9-12 goals of supporting the best conservative candidate and support Bill White for Texas Governor.
Or, perhaps not. Debra Medina was a 9-12 member too. There’s still time for Beck to shoot down White before the election.
Alamo City Pundit wholeheartedly endorses Bill White for Governor of Texas.