September 13th, 2010
09:11 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll shows tight gubernatorial race in Texas

 A new poll indicates that Gov. Rick Perry's lead over Democrat Bill White is shrinking.
A new poll indicates that Gov. Rick Perry's lead over Democrat Bill White is shrinking.

(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.


Filed under: 2010 • Bill White • Polls • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Max

    Does anyone seriously think a Dem would win ANY race, particularly one in Texas???

    September 13, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. Joe

    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?

    September 13, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. Ed L

    Perry is a FASCIST

    September 13, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. bill

    come on texans.show us you are real americans.dump this l;ooser perry.

    September 13, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. El Gordo

    "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.

    September 13, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. Jack

    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.

    September 13, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. sensible Cape Coral FL

    What difference does it make? Texas is going to seceed from the Union and the sooner the better.

    September 13, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Stephen in Bedford, Texas

    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.

    September 13, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. Ben Singleton

    This poll is hard to believe. Gov Perry is a favorite in Texas.

    September 13, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. DJ in TX

    Go Bil!!! Time for Perry to go.

    September 13, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    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!!!

    September 13, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. William

    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.

    September 13, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Not really. In TX, Perry is well in the lead. You might like to make people believe otherwise, but it simply isn't so.

    September 13, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Patty2012

    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).

    September 13, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. Ralph

    White is doing real good in a conservative state during a midterm year that favors republicans.

    September 13, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Tim

    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.

    September 13, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. ABM

    I would love to see a Dem take office in Texas. Now that would be a change for the better.

    September 13, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. save america, vote out republicans

    To secede or not to secede. Perry is one of the few republicans that can make George Bush look like a genius.

    September 13, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Marcus

    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....

    September 13, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. victoria

    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!

    September 13, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. Tom TX

    Very happy to see this! There is hope afterall. We're all pulling for you, Bill!

    September 13, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. dragon8me

    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.

    September 13, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Aquarius

    Looks like the stupid stuff Perry and other GOP nominees are coming back to haunt them.

    September 13, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. Jacq

    I hope White wins,Perry is a crook

    September 13, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. katiec

    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.

    September 13, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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