May 25, 2005
Hardberger leads in new poll

The runoff race for San Antonio's mayor just got more interesting, as a new poll has Phil Hardberger taking a lead over former frontrunner Julian Castro.

In poll results that are to be released on News 4 WOAI tonight, Hardberger has surged ahead of Castro for the first time, 50 percent to 47 percent. His momentum appears to be aided by the support of Republican-leaning voters and the backing of developers and members of the business community who originally backed conservative Carroll Schubert, who placed third in the May 7 election.

According to the Survey USA results, 73 percent of the 447 likely voters who describe themselves as Republicans and responded to the poll over the weekend are supporting Hardberger.

The full poll is here. As The Jeffersonian points out, former supporters of Carroll Schubert are backing Hardberger by an 87-11 margin.

The Red State notes that Hardberger chose yesterday to announce that he is opposed to a public referendum on a special taxing district that would raise money for a PGA Tour golf resort over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. The bill that would allow for the special taxing district is currently being held up by a point of order, as TRS and Texas Golf both note. Will that stance erode some of Hardberger's Democratic support? Maybe, but The Jeffersonian thinks he's got the momentum anyway.

One piece of good news for Castro - he's now on the Democracy for America candidate list. It looks like he'll need the help. Via Latinos for Texas.

As a reminder, the runoff election is Tuesday, June 7. Early voting will be held from May 31 to June 3. More info on locations and times can be found here. Thanks to The Red State for the scoop.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 25, 2005 to Election 2005 | TrackBack