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February 12, 2016

Texas: Francisco Canseco Internal Poll Showed Him With 10-Point Lead Over Pete Gallego


Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco's campaign released a poll that showed him with a lead over state Rep. Pete Gallego. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco’s (R) campaign released an internal poll today that showed he had a 10-point lead over state Rep. Pete Gallego (D).

The poll, conducted Sept. 23-25, showed Canseco up over Gallego 47 percent to 37 percent. Eight percent said they would support “other” and 8 percent were undecided.

Forty percent of respondents had a favorable impression of Canseco, while 31 percent viewed him in a negative light. As one would expect in a race with an incumbent, Gallego lags behind in name identification. But like Canseco, he has a net favorable rating. Thirty-one percent of those surveyed viewed him favorably, while 27 percent viewed him unfavorably.

A source in the Gallego campaign seemed surprise with the poll and said their own internal polling shows “a tight race.”

“It’s just not what our survey shows,” he said. Still, the operative declined to reveal their internal polling. But the Gallego camp also pointed to a recent a survey from the League of Conservation Voters that showed Gallego with the lead in mid-September.

Wes Anderson of OnMessage conducted the Canseco poll of 400 likely voters. It was conducted via bilingual live interviews. The margin of error was 4.9 points.

Roll Call rates this race as a Tossup.

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