Public Policy Polling reports:
The top two choices of Texas Republicans to be their Senate nominee next year are David Dewhurst…and Ron Paul. The duo is basically tied with 23% saying Dewhurst would be their top pick as the GOP candidate and 21% picking Paul.
Maybe a couple years ago the thought of Senator Paul would have seemed ridiculous but after his son breezed through both the Republican primary and the general election in Kentucky last year it seems a lot less far fetched that his dad might join him in the Senate as well. He has a highly committed base of supporters that at the least might help ensure him a runoff spot in what’s likely to be an extremely crowded GOP primary field and you have to think he would be the most well funded candidate in the race if he decided to run, given his already existent national donor base.
A much more obscure Tea Party candidate, Debra Medina, got 19% of the vote in the primary for Governor last year even though she was running against two heavyweights in Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison. If she could get almost 20% against that pair, why couldn’t Paul get 30-40% against what’s likely to be a much weaker field of candidates? A potential Paul bid is well worth keeping an eye on.
Poll referenced in Ben Smith column @ Politico.com: http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0111/Paul_for_Senate.html
Ron Paul was The Libertarian Party candidate for President in 1988 and received 433,000 votes. Texas has open primaries so Libertarian voters will be able to ask for a Republican primary ballot if they want to support Ron Paul.