Thursday, June 25, 2009

Florence Shapiro Highest Name Recognition for US Senate

Shapiro Has Highest Name ID Among Announced GOP Candidates

PLANO, TX – A new poll released Monday by Global Strategy Group (GSG) confirms that State Senator Florence Shapiro is the most well-known candidate among the four Republicans who have announced their intention to seek the United States Senate seat currently held by Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Hutchison’s term expires in 2012; she has said this will be her last term and that she may resign early to run for Texas Governor in 2010.

According to the survey, a full quarter of likely special election voters are familiar with Shapiro – more than twice the percentage of voters who are familiar with the next best-known Republican currently running or exploring a campaign for U.S. Senate. Shapiro enjoys a +8% net favorability rating, which is also higher than any other Republican candidate who has taken public steps toward a Senate run.

Announced GOP U.S. Senate Candidate
Name ID / Net Favorability Rating

Florence Shapiro
25% / +8%

Michael Williams
11% / +4%

Roger Williams
9% / +3%

Elizabeth Ames Jones
8% / +5%

“These numbers continue a trend of positive poll results for Senator Shapiro’s exploratory committee,” said Andy Seré, Shapiro’s campaign manager. “Florence has a proven record of fighting for Texas and for her constituents in the Metroplex as a city councilmember, Mayor and state Senator. Her solid base of support as reflected in these results is a testament to the strength and appeal of that record.”

The news of Shapiro’s healthy name ID is only the latest indication of the momentum her exploratory committee has steadily generated.

Shortly after she launched her exploratory committee, Shapiro rolled out the support of a majority of her Republican State Senate colleagues, nearly twenty GOP State Representatives, four former Texas Federation of Republican Women Presidents, Dallas Businessman and Hall of Famer Roger Staubach, and hundreds of Texans from across the state. At the end of 2008, Shapiro announced a fundraising haul exceeding $500,000 since beginning her exploratory campaign in July. And a Public Policy Polling survey in late February 2009 showed Shapiro beating out Democratic Houston Mayor Bill White in a head-to-head U.S. Senate matchup.

“Texas is a vast state and a long campaign lies ahead,” Shapiro said. “But I am thrilled with the position my campaign is in and the progress we’ve made since commencing our exploratory efforts.”

The GSG poll (attached) was conducted March 30-April 1, 2009 and surveyed 603 likely special election voters via live telephone interviews. Its margin of error is +/- 4.0%.


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