By: Patrick Svitek Sep 5, 2019
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls would start with a significant advantage if he decides to enter the Republican primary for the 22nd Congressional District, according to a GOP poll we've obtained.
The early August survey tested seven declared and potential GOP candidates in the district, where Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, is retiring. Forty percent of respondents were undecided, but among the names who drew support, Nehls easily placed first with 34%. The only other name that registered double digits — 17% — was Pierce Bush, the grandson of late former President George H.W. Bush.
The poll was conducted by Remington Research Group, which is part of Axiom Strategies, a firm that has since started helping Nehls explore a campaign. Nehl hasn't publicly commented on his 2020 plans since Olson announced his retirement in July, but he's not seeking reelection as sheriff and explored a run for the seat last cycle.
There are already seven Republicans running for the seat, which national Democrats were targeting even before Olson said he wouldn't run for reelection. The Democratic primary has drawn three candidates, including Sri Preston Kulkarni, the 2018 nominee who came within 5 points of Olson.
The survey was done Aug. 4 and 5, and it included 799 likely GOP primary voters. The margin of error was plus-or-minus 3.3 percentage points.