More than half of Texas Republican primary voters are undecided about whom they would nominate to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex, according to a Texas Tribune poll released yesterday. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst comes in second at 27 percent, with everyone else (including all of the conservative favorites) in single digits, probably the result of name recognition.
Texas has a run-off system, so the danger of the conservatives splitting the vote is minimal. This and Arizona are open seats where the GOP will play defense. (They may also have to do so in Nevada, where Sen. John Ensign, R, is ripe for a primary challenge thanks to legal problems, and in Indiana, where Republican state Treasurer Richard Mourdock is challenging Sen. Dick Lugar, R.) Democrats will be defending open seats in Connecticut, North Dakota, Virginia, and New Mexico.