Hard work and early organizing don't appear to be paying off in the emerging battle for the Republican nomination in the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison next year. Some candidates -- including former Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams of Arlington and former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams of Fort Worth -- have been campaigning and raising money for months already.
But a new poll conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune online news organization finds that half of all Republican voters polled said they remain undecided. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who hasn't announced whether he's going to run, is the only candidate polling in double figures, at 25 percent. Michael Williams was next at 6 percent, followed by former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin at 4 percent, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz and Roger Williams at 2 percent, and Railroad Commissioner Elezabeth Ames Jones at 1 percent.
Democrats are even more undecided. A whopping 63 percent of Democratic voters in Texas said they don't know who they'll support. Retired Gen. Ricardo Sanchez polled 14 percent, former U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards of Waco 11 percent, former U.S. Rep. Chris Bell of Houston 7 percent and former state Comptroller John Sharp 6 percent.
The poll was conducted May 11-18 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.46 percentage points.
-- John Gravois