Perry, Palin Show Clout During Texas Senate Primary

Who has more political clout, Texas Governor Rick Perry or former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin?  It’s a question we may soon be able to answer as each politician picks a candidate to back in the Texas Republican primary for the senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Perry is backing David Dewhurst, his own lieutenant governor, while Palin is supporting former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz, who is backed by the Tea Party.

The race somewhat resembles that of the recent Nebraska Republican primary, where a last minute push from Palin and Tea Party activists put State Senator Deb Fischer ahead of Attorney General Jon Bruning, putting the Tea Party candidate in the nomination spot ahead of the party-backed, establishment candidate.

But in Texas, the battle is different.  Dewhurst is expected to easily win the primary.  The challenge is whether he can win it with at least 50 percent of the vote, avoiding a run off election with the second place finisher.  It is that scenario that Palin and other Cruz backers hope to create.

Palin came to bat this week with a robocall asking voters to support Cruz in the May 29th primary.  Unfortunately, many of those calls accidentally went to voters in Kansas instead.


Photo from Gage Skidmore via flickr creative commons


Sharon S.
Sharon S5 years ago

I fail to understand how anything that Sarah Palin says could influence anyone with common sense & brains.

Albert P.
Albert P5 years ago

Stupidity and ignorance backing stupidity and ignorance. What an idiotic choice - they are ALL despicable! Every repug candidate in Texas is focusing hate and misinformation against their own repug opponents and all of them make it a point to falsely blame something totally irrelevant and unrelated on President Obama! Voters need to vote out the repug infestation in Texas! Vote for DEMOCRATS!!! OBAMA - 2012!!!

Ian Fletcher
Ian Fletcher5 years ago

Vote Obama

Keevin Shultz
Keevin Shultz5 years ago

Clout is so much better than brains?

Alana M.
Alana Mawson5 years ago

Livenia is right. Dumb and Dumber? You betcha!

Becki H.
Rebecca Heusel5 years ago

A robocall from Sarah Palin? Now THERE'S a nauseating thought. That voice RIGHT. IN. YOUR. EAR!
Find it hysterical that they sent some to Kansas. Oh, those flyover states, they're all the same. /sarcasm

Dennis Deal
Past Member 5 years ago

I thought it read who was the bigger political clod.

Though if an Independent or say a democrat were to be in the running?

Does all this stat to look like a certain way a presidential election might happen.. Just wondering aloud...

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

Scary Perry...clout or clod? Hmmm.

Luvenia V.
Luvenia V5 years ago

Dumb and Dumber, now that should be quite a kiddy show.

Donna B.
Donna B5 years ago

Excuse me, Palin who?