POLL: Annise Parker Takes Distinct Lead in Houston Mayoral Race

A new Rice University poll shows promise for openly gay candidate Annise Parker in tomorrow's run-off mayoral election in Houston:

Paarker "Parker leads former city attorney Gene Locke 49 percent to 36 percent, according to a poll released Thursday by Rice University in Houston.

Parker has never made her sexual orientation a secret or a focal point during her six years on the City Council and the last six years as controller.

But it took a more prominent role in the mayor's race in the weeks leading up to the runoff as anti-gay activists and conservative religious groups have endorsed Locke and sent out mailers condemning Parker's 'homosexual behavior.'

Locke has been trying to distance himself from anti-gay attacks while courting conservative voters who could tip the race in his favor.

Rice political science professor Robert Stein, who oversaw the poll, said the attention on Parker's sexual orientation has probably hurt Locke more than her. 'It denied Locke an opportunity to win over traditional white liberal Democrats,' Stein said."


  1. sparks says

    Good for Annise! I hope her PR people are bracing for the inevitable flurry of commercials playing on religious fear and preconceptions that conservatives always fling during the final moments of a campaign.

  2. tcw says

    Adam Lambert is speaking out on this: “Well, you know, religious activists in Houston did something that’s not necessarily very nice, but I’m sure they’ve got some sort of justification for it.”

  3. majii says

    I hope you are successful in getting Ms. Parker in the mayor’s office. I live in GA, but I’ve been following Ms. Parker’s campaign for a while now, and I think she is the ideal person for the job. Please get out the vote because, personally, I think it would be a step in the right direction for Houston. Here in Middle GA, we either have a choice between a tea party candidate, a republican, or a conservadem, all of them together aren’t worth 2 cents.

  4. Fix It Again Tony says

    My folks in Houston are both voting for her. They saw her opponent will be taking a HUGE cut in salary (currently high six-figures) and saw he has no savings, and wondered how he could balance Houston’s budget if he can’t balance his own. They don’t care what Ms. Parker does in bed, especially if she can help get Houston financially stable. And they worry that Gene Locke might have to “sell” some favors to retain his current “lifestyle”.