Ted Cruz surges ahead of Rick Perry in Texas poll

Double ouch!  Governor Perry is in 5th place in Texas!  Texas Senator Ted Cruz is barely ahead of Scott Walker in his home state of Texas after a week when Walker appeared to handle reporters’ questions pretty poorly (e.g. – not sure about evolution). 

Click here to read the full February 23, 2015 story from Politico.com quoted in part below:

Sen. Ted Cruz leads a crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination in Texas, according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released on Monday.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker grabbed 2 percent of the vote in the last such poll in October, but he has surged to a close second. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whom 14 percent of Republican voters would have chosen in October, fell to fifth place in a wide-open field.

Twenty percent of those surveyed went for Cruz with Walker pulling in 19 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and neurosurgeon Ben Carson followed, each with 9 percent, and Perry at 8 percent.

Ted Cruz’s Polling Numbers Are Terrible

Ted Cruz is doing better in the polls than Jimmy Carter was in the Spring of 1975 before Carter surprised everyone to upset the anointed front-runners to win the Democratic nomination in 1976.  Still, the current polling results look bleak for Cruz.

Click here to read the full article of February 18, 2015 in Slate.

In presidential primaries, it’s a truism that early polling isn’t destiny. This particular truism ought to be especially comforting for Sen. Ted Cruz, whose numbers thus far have been unequivocally miserable.

Let’s have a look. The RedState presidential power rankings, which ought to be required reading for those interested in how conservatives see the current state of the 2016 horse race, put the outspoken Texan in seventh place this week, tailing fellow Sens. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, as well as former Fox News host and female-swearing-disapprover Mike Huckabee. Leon Wolf, who writes the rankings, called Cruz’s numbers “especially disappointing” in Virginia and South Carolina—states with particularly conservative primary voters where the firebrand would need to perform smashingly to nab the nomination.

Dubbing those numbers “disappointing” seems generous. In the Christopher Newport University poll of Virginia Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters, the Texan got a measly 3 percent, losing to Rep. Paul Ryan, who more than two weeks before the CNU poll specifically said he wouldn’t run. On top of that, only 1 percent of South Carolina voters chose Cruz in a recent NBC News/Marist poll. Newsmax reported that Cruz got a “rock star reception” at a South Carolina Tea Party event this January. Maybe South Carolinians don’t like rock stars.

Other polling numbers offer the senator cold comfort. The NBC News/Marist polls of Iowa and New Hampshire give him 2 and 6 percent, respectively. When 6 percent is your happy place, things are bleak.

That doesn’t mean they’ll be bleak forever. Cruz has oodles of time to court Republican primary voters, and he’s won a national fundraising base thanks to his vocal opposition of the Affordable Care Act and comprehensive immigration reform.

Jeb Bush takes New Hampshire lead [Cruz and Perry dead last]

Click here for the full article from The Hill, dated February 5, 2015.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leads a tight field of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates in New Hampshire, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a WMUR poll released Thursday found.

Bush garnered 17 percent support among likely 2016 Republican primary voters in the state, while Walker took 12 percent.

Walker has been the subject of increased media attention since a well-received speech in Iowa where he fired up the conservative base.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) all got 9 percent support in the poll. Doctor and conservative activist Ben Carson received 8 percent support.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) all polled below 5 percent.

The poll is the first from the TV station since former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he would not pursue a third run for the White House.

It also comes as many of the potential candidates begin to build their campaign organizations. In the last few weeks, several likely candidates have announced the hiring of Republican operatives for their political committees.

Iowa Poll: Jeb Bush Has a Big Problem [So does Mr. Cruz]

Click here to read the details of the Bloomberg News/Des Moines Register poll taken in the last week of January 2014.

Jeb Bush has major problems in Iowa. His vocal support for immigration reform and the national education standards known as Common Core bother many in the state’s Republican base.

A Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll of likely participants in the state’s 2016 Republican caucuses shows nearly two-thirds consider Bush’s positions on those issues to be a deal-killer, or something they’d consider when deciding whether to support him. Just 32 percent have no problem with those stands.

The poll also found that among five potential non-establishment candidates looking at running, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky scored the highest marks on a set of issues of interest to many Republicans.

Bloomberg poll

New Hampshire Poll has Cruz last with only 4% of likely GOP voters

Click here for the full Jan. 23, 2015 Breitbart.com article.

Former Massachusetts Governor and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney leads another New Hampshire poll, but Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker performed surprisingly well in the very early poll of potential 2016 Granite State primary voters.

The NH1 Pulse Poll released on Thursday found that 29% of “Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP who say they are likely to vote in next year’s first-in-the-nation primary” would support Romney at this time. Eighteen percent reportedly “said they would back someone else or are unsure.”

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was in second at 11% while New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Walker were tied at 8%. Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) were tied at 7%. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee received 5%. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) received 4% and 5%, respectively.