Texas and Minnesota Pro-Life Gubernatorial Candidates Hold Leads in Polls

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 24, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Texas and Minnesota Pro-Life Gubernatorial Candidates Hold Leads in Polls

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 24
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Two pro-life candidates for governor, Rick Perry in Texas and Tom Emmer in Minnesota, both lead in new polls of the electorate in their states. Perry has held the governor’s seat in Texas and received the support of pro-life groups for his strong legislative record and Emmer would keep Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s seat pro-life.

Perry remains slightly ahead of pro-abortion Democratic challenger Bill White in his bid for reelection to an unprecedented third term as governor of Texas.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Lone Star State finds Perry with 48% of the vote, while White has 42% support. Three percent (3%) favor another candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

Last month, Perry held a 49% to 41% lead and has held a small lead over White in surveys since February, with support ranging from 47% to 51%. White, a former mayor of Houston, has picked up 38% to 44% of the vote in those same surveys.

Eighty-two percent (82%) of Texas Republicans now support Perry, while White has the backing of 87% of the state’s Democrats. Voters not affiliated with either of the major parties give a double-digit edge to Perry.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of all Texas voters now approve of the way Perry is performing as governor, while 48% disapprove, marking little change in these numbers for months.

In Minnesota, Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton are virtually tied now in the race to be Minnesota’s next governor.

The new Rasmussen poll there shows Emmer earning 42% support to Dayton’s 41% when leaners are included. Independence Party candidate Tom Horner is a distant third with nine percent (9%) of the vote. Six percent (6%) like some other candidate in the race, and two percent (2%) are undecided.

This is the first survey of the governor’s race to include leaners and, excluding them, Emmer edges Dayton 36% to 34%, and Horner chalks up 18% support.

"Horner’s loss of support when leaners are added highlights the tendency in most races for supporters of third-party candidates to gravitate to one of the major party nominees as Election Day approaches," pollster Scott Rasmussen said.

Last month, with leaners absent from the totals, Dayton held a 45% to 36% lead over Emmer just after both candidates had won four-way primary race. The change indicates Minnesota voters are moving in Emmer’s direction, which is good news for the pro-life groups in the state looking to replace Pawlenty with another pro-life governor.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of Emmer supporters say they are already certain how they will vote in November. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of those who support Dayton are already certain of their vote, as are 53% of Horner voters.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Minnesota Republicans support Emmer, a state legislator who has won the endorsement of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. Dayton, a former U.S. senator with a strongly pro-abortion record, has the backing of 82% of the state’s Democrats.

Among voters not affiliated with either of the major parties, 32% favor Emmer, 33% Dayton and 17% Horner.

Pawlenty is not seeking reelection, and 52% approve of the job he is now doing as the state’s chief executive. Forty-seven percent (47%) disapprove.


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