As Democrats Trail in Statewide Polls, Few Surprises Expected

Oct 28, 2014

Election day is next Tuesday and several Texas statewide offices are on the ballot. With Democrats trailing in the polls, there don't appear to be any hotly contested races.


The Dallas Morning News reports that Abbott has $13 million to spend on the campaign’s final days, while Davis has about $1 million on hand. Yesterday Davis appeared on Comedy Central’s Daily Show. Ashley Cruseturner, a political science professor at McLennan Community College, says Davis will try to finish strong, but her initial momentum seems to be gone.

"For the folks who were hoping for a competitive democratic race, they were disappointed," Cruseturner said.

A Democrat hasn’t won a statewide office in Texas since 1994, and down the ballot, polls show this year will likely be the same. But one election political wonks are paying attention to is that of the Land Commissioner. El Paso Mayor John Cook is running against George P. Bush, an energy consultant nephew to president George W. Bush. The latest Texas Tribune/University of Texas poll shows Bush leading Cook by 18 points.

"It’s almost the only national race and of course it’s no race at all but it’s the one race that seems to have national attention at this late date," Cruseturner said.

Many consider Bush to be a rising star in the Republican Party. Early voting continues through Friday. Election day is Tuesday, November 4th.