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John Cornyn*

John Cornyn* (R)*

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Rick Noriega

Rick Noriega (D)

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Polling Data

PollDateSampleCornyn (R)Noriega (D)Spread
University of Texas10/15 - 10/22550 RV4536Cornyn +9
Rasmussen10/21 - 10/21500 LV5540Cornyn +15
Research 200010/14 - 10/15LV5044Cornyn +6
Rasmussen9/29 - 9/29500 LV5043Cornyn +7
Rasmussen8/21 - 8/21500 LV5238Cornyn +14
Rasmussen7/30 - 7/30500 LV5039Cornyn +11
University of Texas7/18 - 7/30668 RV4431Cornyn +13
Rasmussen6/25 - 6/25500 LV4835Cornyn +13
Texas Lyceum6/12 - 6/20LV3836Cornyn +2
Rasmussen6/2 - 6/2500 LV5235Cornyn +17
Baselice & Associates (R)5/20 - 5/251005 RV4933Cornyn +16
Research 20005/5 - 5/7600 LV4844Cornyn +4
Rasmussen5/1 - 5/1500 LV4743Cornyn +4

Race Summary

In a state that has voted Republican in the last seven presidential elections and where the GOP holds 19 of the 32 congressional districts, Sen. John Cornyn should not have too much trouble retaining his seat against a little-known state legislator.

However, Cornyn\'s approval ratings have not been excellent and early polls showed that he could be vulnerable to a Democratic challenge. After more high-profile candidates decided not to run -- including Houston Mayor Bill White -- Democrats settled on state Rep. Rick Noriega.

Cornyn\'s fundraising abilities allows him a key advantage in this enormous state. Through the third quarter, Cornyn has far outraised Noriega and still has close to $9 million in the bank. 

The re-election of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry in the Democratic year of 2006 gives Cornyn reason for optimism that he\'s not as vulnerable as some polls suggested.

Demographics

Population (2007 est.): 23,904,380
Registered Voters: No party registration
Occupation: Blue Collar 24.1% | White Collar 60.6% | Gray Collar 15.3%
Race: White 52.4% | Hispanic 32.0% | Black 11.3% | Asian 2.7%

Previous Election Results

Senate
2006: Hutchison (R) 62, Radnofsky (D) 36
2002: Cornyn (R) 55, Kirk (D) 43
2000: Hutchison (R) 65, Kelly (D) 32
1996: Gramm (R) 55, Morales (D) 44

President
2004: Bush (R) 61, Kerry (D) 38
2000: Bush (R) 59, Gore (D) 38
1996: Dole (R) 49, Clinton (D) 44

All Commentary & News Stories

- Uphill Fight Didn't Keep Noriega From Quest - Houston Chronicle