Another famous 'flight to Medina'?Submitted by soule on Thu, 02/11/2010 - 00:30
By John A. Tures
Associate Professor of Political Science
February 10, 2010 —
In 622 A.D., the Islamic prophet Muhammad fled from Mecca to Medina, escaping the wrath of several Arab tribes, an event so significant that it marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar. Could voter flight to another Medina in Texas shake the American political establishment?
When Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison chose to challenge Texas Gov.Rick Perry, we all assumed it would be an epic GOP primary for the ages. But the resulting slugfest left many Republicans looking for an alternative. And they may have found it in an outsider, Debra Medina.
Many in the media wrote off Medina, the Wharton County GOP Chair who supported Ron Paul. Instead of gubernatorial or Washington DC experience, her resume reads businesswoman, rancher and homeschooler. And early polls had her languishing behind the other two, with three percent to her name last September.
But then the Perry-Hutchison race turned nasty, with a focus on Texas Rangers (the law enforcement branch) and Predator drones. But subsequent polls from Rasmussen Reports showed her at four percent in November, 12% in January, and 16% earlier this year. Now a poll has her with 24%, a mere four points behind Hutchison and closing fast. And at least 10% of those surveyed had yet to make up their minds.
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