Dan Patrick Releases Senate Race Poll
State Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) is continuing down the path of what looks like an inevitable run for the U.S. Senate. Last month, Patrick announced he was creating an exploratory committee to kick the tires on a run to replace retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. If he runs, he could be a stiff challenge for Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, who is considered the front runner in a crowded field, thanks partly to the personal fortune he could spend to run a campaign.Patrick released a privately commissioned poll today that shows him beating all of the "announced candidates" in the race. Dewhurst doesn't make the list, because he hasn't officially entered the race.
- Dan Patrick 19%
- Tom Leppert 11%
- Roger Williams 6%
- Elizabeth Ames Jones 4%
- Ted Cruz 2%
- Not sure/Refused 58%
The poll also showed Patrick easily defeating Ted Cruz in a two person run-off election, even though Cruz only got 2%. The poll did not look at how Patrick would fair against 2nd place finisher, former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert.
In a press release that included the poll, Patrick said he would make his decision this summer.
"As I carefully work through this process there are many questions I still must answer. But this poll confirms that I would be the conservative front runner if I announce for the United States Senate. I am very encouraged by the statewide poll we conducted as part of our exploratory effort, as well as the response I have received from individuals across the state," said Patrick.
You can read the full press release with poll data below: