(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry, once thought to be the clear favorite to win his reelection bid this November, finds himself only 6 points ahead of Democrat Bill White, according to a new survey.
A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll out Monday indicates Perry leading former Houston Mayor Bill White by a 39-33 percent margin among registered voters, a spread that has shrunk from the more-than 10-point lead Perry enjoyed during most of last spring and summer. And, given the poll's 3.5 percent sampling error, the race may essentially be a dead heat two months shy of Election Day.
Twenty-two percent of those questioned say they are undecided.
"White has not yet faded and remains in striking distance of Perry," sas Daron Shaw, a co-director the poll. "The downside for White is that Perry is up by 18 points among those who say they are extremely likely to vote. White needs a big turnout among young voters and minorities to be competitive."
In what may be good news for White however, a large number of undecided voters are independent or tilt moderate.
"There are a lot of people out there who are not ready to respond to a poll about who they're going to vote for," said the Tribune's Jim Henson. "If you look at the breakdown, there are a lot of moderates and a lot of independents."
Perry is bidding for a third full term as Texas governor.
The poll surveyed 800 registered voters by telephone and was taken September 3-8. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.
Does anyone seriously think a Dem would win ANY race, particularly one in Texas???
If the people of Texas as smart, they'll vote for Bill White. I knew Bill when he was in Washington at the Department of Energy. He is one of the smartest people I've ever worked with and also one of the most honest (intelligence and integrity are two things that many people in politics are lacking these days). Bill is in politics for the right reason. He believes that he can make a change. Come on Texas, aren't you tired of having a governor that most others laugh at?
Perry is a FASCIST
come on texans.show us you are real americans.dump this l;ooser perry.
"Rebel Yell" Rick Perry is talking about Texas seceding from the union. Anybody who doesn't want to be an American doesn't deserve to be governor of Texas. We had a great governor in Ann Richards. She was defeated by a man who became a terrible governor: George W. Bush. He was succeeded by the only man in Texas who could do a worse job: Rebel Yell Perry.
Thank God for South Carolina, or Texas would be the laughingstock of the nation.
I've (and my wife) registered to vote (since moving to Austin TX) just so that I can vote for Bill White. I think it's about time.
What difference does it make? Texas is going to seceed from the Union and the sooner the better.
The one thing that I'm the maddest about at George W. Bush is saddling Texas with Rick Perry for the past ten years.
If Rick Perry is so confident that he is correct in his political judgement then he should gladly debate and discuss the issues with Bill White. However, he must know that his calculations are flawed and that's why he is afraid to take on his challenger.
This poll is hard to believe. Gov Perry is a favorite in Texas.
Go Bil!!! Time for Perry to go.
AND, the polls are taken in RepubliCAN'T territory because I am a Democrat – know many Democrats – have seen Democrats post and blog about it – and know for a fact – WE HAVE NEVER BEEN POLLED!!!
DEMOCRATS – STATE the CASE – UNITE the BASE and WIN this RACE in November 2010........You Know Why??? Because WE CAN!!!
To My fellow Texans. Perry has been a great GOV. And how it is even a race is unbelievable to me! Did Texas become brain dead overnight? Do we really want the DEMOS in TX to do to TX what they have done to America? Wake up Perry should be leading by 30 points with out question.
Not really. In TX, Perry is well in the lead. You might like to make people believe otherwise, but it simply isn't so.
THe is amazing! I wish I lived on Texas....Rick Perry would have my vote!
During Katrina...he showed his leadership abilities and caring for the American people. I might be wrong, but I think he took in MORE New Orleans citizens than any state!
He put those CLOWNS, LA Gov. Blanco and narcissist Mayor Nagin to shame!
The Gov. was too busy having dinner to talk to Bush and Nagin was too busy fleeing in his limo to Care who drowned. (with hundreds of school buses available to save peopler).
White is doing real good in a conservative state during a midterm year that favors republicans.
Could the folks in Texas be waking up from their long, wandering slumber? If Perry does lose, it'll be interesting to see how long it takes for justice to catch up with him. He'll be under indictment within a year.
I would love to see a Dem take office in Texas. Now that would be a change for the better.
To secede or not to secede. Perry is one of the few republicans that can make George Bush look like a genius.
Day after day it gets clear and clearer that Rick Perry DOESN'T WANT to have a real invesgation about the case in which a man MAY have been wrongly executed by the State of Texas thanks to bogus science 'evidences' against him. Attention, I said 'MAY'. His interference in the process shows that he's no man enough to stand up and admit his errors or his state's ones, preferring to stall and delay....
If Rick Perry wins he will be the governor for 14 years, on top of the fact that he is refusing to debate. That doesn't sit well with me, and shouldn't sit well with other Texans. Hey Rick, when are you going to debate??? Go Bill White! Give Rick the boot!
Very happy to see this! There is hope afterall. We're all pulling for you, Bill!
Perry won't even agree to a debate. I think it should be law they have a debate to give voters a clear picture of who their voting for. Perry is a lier and besides there should be a limit to how long someone can hold an offiice.
Looks like the stupid stuff Perry and other GOP nominees are coming back to haunt them.
I hope White wins,Perry is a crook
It would be great if a Democrat won in Texas.
Perry has been very outspoken against what the majority of us stand for and deserves to lose.