New polling data suggests Allen West has overtaken Greg Abbott in GOP governor primary

New polling data suggests Allen West has overtaken Greg Abbott in GOP governor primary

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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January 27, 2022

New polling data carried out for one his GOP opponents suggests that Texas Governor Greg Abbott is facing a potential defeat in the Republican gubernatorial primary by Lieutenant Colonel Allen West.

A recent poll conducted by Paradigm Partners for West’s campaign shows Abbott with just 32.52 percent support among likely Republican primary voters in the state, behind former Texas GOP chair Allen West on 38.36 percent.

The poll differs starkly from other polls published late last year that appeared to show the Republican primary race was uncompetitive. It suggested that Abbott’s support rating peaked at 56 percent in October 2021. The survey also showed other challengers trailing both Abbott and West, with third place Ricky Lynn Perry recording 12.06 percent support.

Abbott has faced extensive criticism from his own party for his handling of the winter storm, border security, COVID lockdowns, critical race theory, face mask mandates, and transgender children. Others have expressed dissatisfaction at Abbott’s choice of political director, Mitch Carney.

West had served as a member of the House of Representatives for Florida’s 22nd congressional district from 2011 to 2013 and later relocated to Texas, where he was elected chair of the Republican Party of Texas in 2020. He resigned from that position on June 4, 2021 and subsequently announced a bid for governor.

“In a crowded field, the obvious choice for those who hope to see Governor Abbot unseated by a ‘Texas First’ conservative outsider is Lt. Col. Allen West,” the West campaign’s statement said. “Texas deserves true conservative leadership that will end the invasion at the border, stop the mutilation of children at the altar of gender dysphoria, and end the sex slavery crisis that is engulfing every part of Texas from our quiet border towns to the sprawls of Dallas and Houston.”

The victor of the Republican primary is widely expected to face Democrat and former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke in November.

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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