COMMENTARY | Recently the Texas Tribune and the University of Texas took a poll of many of the candidates running for a number of offices in the primary to be held in Texas March 4. One standout is the race for Democratic nominee for United States Senate.
“In the Democratic primary, the candidate who has been on the ballot the most times, Kesha Rogers, leads the best-financed candidate, David Alameel, 35 percent to 27 percent. Maxey Scherr had 15 percent, followed by Harry Kim at 14 percent and Michael Fjetland at 9 percent. Voters are largely unfamiliar with those candidates; 74 percent initially expressed no opinion before being asked how they would vote if they had to decide now.”
This suggests that there will be a runoff of the top two candidates, likely Rogers and Alameel. The reason that this constitutes a big problem for Democrats, already beset by an imploding candidate for governor in the form of Wendy Davis, is that Rogers is an acolyte of Lyndon Larouche, the madcap conspiracy theorist.
On the other hand she is in favor of impeaching President Obama and of conducting an all out program to explore the moon and Mars, so she cannot be all bad.
Seriously, Rogers getting into a runoff with a more conventional Democrat means that the Texas Democratic Party will have to spend previous resources trying to defeat Rogers so that she does not make the disaster that the Democrats are bound to face in November all the worse. The problem is that Rogers is a personable, soft spoken African American woman who, despite her unfortunate associations and her unusual positions (for a Democrat) does not seem to be crazy at all.
The Republican candidate, John Cornyn, who is being primaried by a number of candidates, including Rep, Steve Stockman, is likely to win his own race comfortably and then cruise to victory in November. Looking ahead to 2016, not surprisingly, Texas’s junior senator, Ted Cruz, leads the crowded field for the Republican nomination for president.