Bettencourt Wields Poll In Attempt To Create Sense Of Inevitability In SD7 Contest

The former Harris County Tax Assessor Collector releases results from a Baselice & Associates survey showing him up 73-7 on Sam Harless in race to succeed Dan Patrick

Former Harris County Tax Assessor Collector Paul Bettencourt released some details of a Baselice & Associates poll conducted last week showing him in a commanding position in the race for the GOP nomination in SD 7.

Bettencourt announced his candidacy for SD 7 literally within minutes of official word in late June that the district’s current Senator – Dan Patrick – had decided to run for Lieutenant Governor. In early July, QR reported that auto dealer Sam Harless – husband of state Rep. Patricia Harless (R-Spring) – was looking at the SD 7 seat as well.

The Baselice poll, conducted on July 17-18, though would seem intended to send the message that any would-be challenger would have a tough time knocking off Bettencourt who cut a high profile in Harris County GOP politics as tax assessor.

The survey of 303 GOP primary voters in SD 7 showed Bettencourt was seen positively by 73 percent of respondents. That was equal to Attorney General Greg Abbott, two points short of Patrick and nine points below U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

Harless meanwhile was seen positively by 5 percent of respondents. A whopping 82 percent said they hadn’t heard of Harless. Only 6 percent, meanwhile, said they hadn’t heard of Bettencourt.

That translates to a strong advantage for Bettencourt head to head at this stage of the contest. The Baselice poll showed Bettencourt with a 73-7 advantage over Harless with 19 percent undecided or not willing to state a preference.

Posted Originally on The Quorum Report.