Democrat Bell Pulls Ahead of 3rd-Party Candidates, But Not Enough To Catch Incumbent Republican Perry, Who is Re-Elected TX Gov with 36%: In an election for Texas Governor today, 10/24/06, Republican incumbent Rick Perry gets 36% of the vote, enough to defeat 4 challengers, according to a SurveyUSA election poll conducted for KEYE-TV Austin and WOAI-TV San Antonio. 2 weeks to Election Day, Democrat Chris Bell is 10 points back, with 26%, Bell's strongest showing in any SurveyUSA poll.
Independent Carole Keeton Strayhorn is in 3rd place with 19%.
Independent Richard "Kinky" Friedman trails with 16%.
Since an identical SurveyUSA poll released 5 weeks ago, on 9/19/06, Perry has gained 1 point, Bell has gained 3 points, Strayhorn has gained 4 points. These gains have come at Friedman's expense: 5 weeks ago, Friedman was tied for 2nd but he has now dropped 7 points to 4th place.
Perry is backed by 59% of Republicans, 57% of Conservatives, and 43% of voters age 65+. Bell is supported by 60% of black voters and 58% of Democrats. Strayhorn gets 23% of female votes, 15% of male votes.
Friedman's support among Independents has dropped 12 points in the past 5 weeks.