FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 16, 2013

Contact: Allen Blakemore 713-­‐526-­‐3399

New Poll Shows Dan Patrick Surging in a Two-­‐Man Race HOUSTON – Texas State Senator Dan Patrick, authentic conservative candidate for Lieutenant Governor, released the results of an internal poll today. The poll, conducted by The Wickers Group September 7-­‐9, bear out what political observers are seeing across Texas. “Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst’s re-­‐elect score has taken a major hit since our May survey,” said Mr. Wickers. “For the first time ever Dewhurst’s re-­‐elect is upside down among GOP primary voters and nearly a majority say it’s time to ‘give someone new a chance’.” New polling results confirm support for David Dewhurst has collapsed over the summer and Dan Patrick is building support in a two-­‐man race for Lieutenant Governor. The poll, conducted by the Wickers Group, revealed dramatic results outlined in a memo by pollster Bob Wickers (attached). “These results show what I am seeing at events across the state,” said Dan Patrick. “The voters are ready for new authentic conservative leadership in the Texas Senate and I am their candidate.” ###

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Interested Parties Bob Wickers September 16, 2013 TEXAS POLL – GOP Primary for Lt. Governor

TWG fielded a statewide survey September 7-­‐9, 2013 among 400 likely voters in Texas. Respondents were selected using random digit dialing from sample and were qualified by being registered and considered likely to vote in the 2014 Republican primary election for Lieutenant Governor. Live telephone interviews were conducted and both landline and mobile telephones were included in the study’s sample. Margin of error: +/-­‐ 4.5%.

LT. GOVERNOR DEWHURST’S RE-­‐ELECT SCORE HAS TAKEN A MAJOR HIT SINCE OUR MAY SURVEY. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER DEWHURST’S RE-­‐ELECT IS UPSIDE DOWN AMONG GOP PRIMARY VOTERS AND NEARLY A MAJORITY SAY IT’S TIME TO “GIVE SOMEONE NEW A CHANCE.”
Would you say David Dewhurst has done a good enough job as Lieutenant Governor to deserve re-­‐election, or is it time to give someone new a chance? September n=400 Deserves re-­‐election Give someone new a chance Not sure/Refused 37% 46 17 May n=400 41% 40 19 Shift -­‐4 +6 -­‐2

SENATOR DAN PATRICK HAS GAINED ON DAVID DEWHURST SINCE OUR MAY SURVEY; WHILE SUPORT FOR PATTERSON AND STAPLES REMAINS UNCHANGED. In next year’s Republican Primary election for Lieutenant Governor the candidates may be: READ LIST ROTATE NAMES: Dan Patrick, David Dewhurst, Jerry Patterson, Todd Staples If the election were held today for whom would you vote? September n=400 May n=400 Shift

Dan Patrick David Dewhurst Jerry Patterson Todd Staples Not sure/Refused

18% 40 4 4 35

14% 43 3 6 33

+4 -­‐3 +1 -­‐2 +2

Conclusion: David Dewhurst’s Re-­‐elect Score and ballot support have eroded this past summer, and Dan Patrick remains well-­‐positioned to win this race.

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