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Sometimes Little-Known Candidates Are Little-Known for a Reason


On Friday, I summarized the state of the GOP gubernatorial primary in Texas, and wrote:

There’s a third candidate on the Republican side, Debra Medina, former Wharton County Republican party chair. She’s emphasizing that she’s not a politician, not rich, and that the state needs a governor who will ensure “the average Texan is represented.” There hasn’t been a ton of polling of this race, but in the polls that have been conducted, Perry leads fairly comfortably, but not by enough so that we could say he’s got this race in the bag. Intriguingly, in a race with two of the biggest names in Texas politics, Medina is inching up to the low to mid teens.

A kind reader noted:

You might want to check back in on that race. Medina – the third candidate in the Republican primary – is gaining significantly on Kay. A poll released early this week has Perry 39, Hutchison 28 and Medina 24. (Medina was in single digits in November and has had no TV spend. Not sure if she’s had radio.)

A poll in Collin County (North Texas, Kay’s backyard) had Medina very slightly ahead of Kay yesterday. This is nothing short of shocking.

If the senator doesn’t watch out, she’s going to be on the outside looking in at the runoff.

And now . . . that’s probably not going to happen. 

Debra Medina appeared on the Glenn Beck radio show today. He mentions the “Truther” accusation, and she gives a fairly generic response that never really denies or disavows that view, and that concludes, “That’s the first I’ve heard of that accusation, so that’s an interesting one.”

Beck, noticing no actual denial in her remarks, then he asks more directly: “Do you believe the government was any way involved with the bringing down of the World Trade Center on 9/11?”

She responds, “I don’t have all of the evidence there, Glenn, so I’m not, I’m not in a place — I have not been out publicly questioning that. I think some very good questions have been raised in that regard, there’s some very good arguments and I think the American people have not seen all of the evidence there.”

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