The Conservative Core and the 2012 Primary Elections

The February 2012 University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll added some dimension to our view of an obvious state of affairs: The prevailing currents in Texas politics remain deeply conservative. Of more consequence for the primary campaigns now under way: A strong riptide of intense, very conservative opinion is exerting a strong pull on state politics, particularly in statewide Republican Party primary contests. The most conservative of the conservative voting core in the state appear to be searching for a presidential candidate that is not Mitt Romney — a search that was evident back in the alternate universe of the ...

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