If the Republican primary election for Texas Attorney General were held today, it would be too close to predict, according to a poll conducted by the University of Texas and The Texas Tribune. Notably, a majority of voters are undecided in this race and others, including the 2014 gubernatorial competition in which Republican Greg Abbott holds only a five point lead against the likely Democratic nominee Wendy Davis and a 35 point lead over Libertarian Kathie Glass. Twenty percent are undecided.
In the AG Republican primary race poll, Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman is at 11 percent, state Sen. Ken Paxton [McKinney] at 10 percent and state Rep. Dan Branch at 5 percent. The vast majority of Republican voters — 74 percent — remain undecided.
The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted Oct. 18-27 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points. Results among self-identified Republican primary voters carry a margin of error of +/- 5.02 percentage points; among Democratic primary voters, +/- 6.03 percentage points. Numbers in the charts might not add up to 100 percent, because of rounding.