I’m filling in on some of the politics beat for the very hard-working Robin Marty as she takes a couple of well-earned vacation days. Here are two races I think she’d want you to hear about:
Could it be that the shine is off Texas Governor Rick Perry’s secessionist rhetoric? Multiple polls have the Governor losing ground to Democrat rival Bill White. The kicker of those polls says just about all there is to say about Texas politics. White leads the Governor’s race 51-42 with voters who want to be Americans, but Perry leads the race overall because of his 69-18 lead with the secessionists. That’s right. Those voters who honestly self-identify as people who want to leave the United States are the tipping point, so far, in the race for to Austin. Only in Texas, folks.
Perhaps reports of the demise of the Obama presidency are greatly exaggerated as those same Texas polls show the President with a favorable split among independents at about 49/43 and an approval rating of about 88% among Democrats. With November just a month-and-a-half away, Perry should have this race locked up, and the fact that he doesn’t says a lot about how the independent voter is responding to their platform choice on the right as Texas might vote out a two-term Republican with a Tea Party platform before it was cool to be a Republican with a Tea Party platform.
The Wisconsin Governor’s race is also showing signs of the absurd as Republican candidate Scott Walker accused Democrats of trying to “hijack” the Republican Party. Wisconsin has an open primary system, and Walker believes that Democrats are playing fast with the system by crossing over and voting in the primary for Walker’s opponent Mark Neumann. Both Neumann’s camp and the Democrats dismiss the allegations and simply say that if Walker loses the primary it’s because he simply isn’t conservative enough.
Check back for an update after Tuesday’s elections.
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