March 18, 2014

Polling Shows Ratcliffe with 12 Point Lead over Hall

Electorate Appears Ready for Change – Ratcliffe Holds a Commanding 47%-35% Advantage

ROCKWALL, TX – Former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe’s bid to unseat 17 term incumbent Ralph Hall appears to be gaining momentum.  A recent poll conducted by Wenzel Strategies shows Ratcliffe leading Hall 47% to 35% among likely Republican voters for the May 27th runoff election.

“Numbers like these are always encouraging,” said Ratcliffe.  “But they really just reinforce what I’ve been hearing from voters all over the district – that it’s time for new and energetic leadership to fix the problems in Washington.”

Equally troubling for Hall is his re-elect score.  According to the polling data, just 33% of the electorate feels the 90 year old Congressman deserves another term.  Additionally, Ratcliffe’s lead grows among more conservative voters.  The data shows Ratcliffe up 19 points and 17 points among conservative and very conservative voters.

The Wenzel Strategies report highlights that while voters have respect for Congressman Hall’s record of service, they feel it is time for someone new to represent them. “A problem facing Hall is that he is a well-known quantity in the district, and it appears those who should make up his political base have decided it is time for a change,” said Fritz Wenzel in a memorandum releasing the polling results.

Ratcliffe stressed that this positive data point won’t materially affect his campaign strategy. “I’ll continue to crisscross the district to earn the support of voters with a positive, solutions-oriented message.  I’m committed to outworking Congressman Hall and proving to voters that I’m the best candidate to stand up to President Obama’s failed policies every single day.”

The 4th Congressional District of Texas includes 18 counties in Northeast Texas and stretches from the Dallas suburbs to Texarkana.  The runoff election will be held on May 27th.