New Poll: Ted Cruz Continues to Gain Ground

A new poll out today by Public Policy Polling shows Ted Cruz gaining ground, despite a barrage of Dewhurst’s negative attack ads.

The independent poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, has Cruz at 26% and Dewhurst at 38% — despite Dewhurst spending over $6 million on TV and Radio ads and almost $1 million attacking Ted. By comparison, the Ted Cruz campaign has spent less than a million dollars on paid advertising, yet Ted continues to climb in the polls.

Public Policy Polling has this to say about their poll showing Ted surging and Dewhurst staying “stagnant.”

Every time PPP polls Texas the Republican Senate primary gets closer and closer. What was a 29 point lead for David Dewhurst in September has now been cut all the way down to 12 points. Dewhurst is at 38% to 26% for Ted Cruz, 8% for Tom Leppert, and 7% for Craig James.

Cruz’s support has increased from 12% to 18% to 26% over our last three polls. Meanwhile Dewhurst has remained stagnant in the 36-41% range. Cruz’s name recognition has increased from 29% to 48% with Republican primary voters since January and the change has almost all been positive. His favorability’s gone from 15/14 to 31/17. The other candidates have seen just modest gains in name recognition or none at all.

Among voters who are familiar with Cruz- whether they have a positive opinion of him or not- Cruz leads Dewhurst 39-34. That suggests that as Cruz’s profile continues to increase this race may continue to get closer.

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