Houston Trounces AG Opponent in HBA Bar Poll

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Democratic Texas Attorney General Candidate Sam Houston Outscores the Field in the Houston Bar Association’s Annual Judicial Preference Poll

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“It is deeply humbling and gratifying that my fellow lawyers are supporting my candidacy for Attorney General,” said Sam Houston.

In the recently released Houston Bar Association (HBA) Judicial Preference Poll, Texas Attorney General candidate Sam Houston beat out opponents for HBA respondent support by an overwhelming margin.

Each election year, HBA asks members to indicate their preference in contested judicial and administrative races. The poll was conducted through online voting, with 1,932 polls returned. The results were released Tuesday, with Sam Houston garnering more than 51% of all votes cast, with Republican opponent Ken Paxton receiving roughly 39%.

“It is deeply humbling and gratifying that my fellow lawyers are supporting my candidacy for Attorney General,” said Houston.

The HBA poll is likely the result of fallout from the legal issues plaguing Paxton and his candidacy. In May, Paxton admitted to violating the Texas Security Act -- soliciting investment clients and receiving 30% kickbacks -- without being properly registered with the Texas State Securities Board, a third-degree felony.

With the possibility of criminal indictment hanging over Paxton, the HBA voters flocked to Sam Houston, whose 642 votes beat the combined totals of the other three candidates in the race.

The Houston Bar Association, the fifth largest metropolitan bar association in the U.S, with more than 11,000 member attorneys, annually distributes a Judicial Preference Poll before general elections. The results of the survey are distributed to the press and public as an educational service.

Early voting for Texas Attorney general commence October 20, 2014.

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