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Texans Prefer Austin Politicians To D.C. Politicians 78%-3%

A year ago at this time we found Kay Bailey Hutchison with a 25 point lead in the polls over Rick Perry. Now the main question is whether Hutchison will go ahead and lose outright tonight, or get blown out in an April runoff. It’s been quite a precipitous fall for her. There’s no doubt that her Washington ties are a big part of the problem. Last month we asked likely primary voters whether they trusted Austin or DC politicians more to deal with the state’s problems- Austin won out by a 78/3 margin…we never see that kind of imbalance on anything in our polling.

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