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McCain support holding steady in Texas

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by Elise Hu   |   KVUE News

Senator John McCain may be sliding in recent national polls, but his Texas lead is holding steady. An average of three polls of Texas voters shows McCain has a 12 point edge in Texas over Democrat Barack Obama.

“What happens in other states is a whole different situation. The good news for McCain-Palin here is that Republicans and independents seem to be at high levels of support for the McCain-Palin ticket,” said Marc DelSignore, an Austin-based Republican pollster.

In Texas, Republican candidates fare better than generic Democratic candidates by anywhere between eight to 10 points, according to DelSignore. That explains McCain’s steady lead, despite not having any official campaign organization in the state.

“In a Republican state like Texas, he should be doing well, and he is,” said DelSignore.

But in a year when Democrats are showing organization and fundraising strength not seen in previous years, does McCain have coattails to help downballot Republicans? No, if you ask Harvey Kronberg, who edits political newsletter The Quorum Report.

“It’s hard to say what McCain delivers for downballot Republicans. I don’t think he’s got any coattails,” said Kronberg.

DelSignore said excitement among the base surged when Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska joined the ticket. But whether that renewed excitement will be enough to help in more local races remains a question.

“There hasn’t been a collapse at the top of the ticket for McCain, but at the same time we don’t see McCain pulling any of those downballot folks across the finish line,” said DelSignore.



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