David Yates Feb. 19, 2014, 3:41pm

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - If you were to ask Texas Rep. Dan Branch, he'd say the numbers show he has a distinct advantage over his fellow Republicans in the race to become Texas' next attorney general.

Last Friday, the Branch campaign received its first voter survey, showing he holds a first-place lead with 30 percent of those surveyed saying they would vote for him.

His rivals, Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman and Texas Sen. Ken Paxton, trail behind him with Paxton at 16 percent and Smitherman at 14 percent.

40 percent of the Republican primary voters surveyed remain undecided, according to the internal poll, conducted by Baselice & Associates.

According to Branch's campaign website, the percentage of undecided voters has dropped dramatically since late last year.

"With 40 percent of the electorate undecided, our campaign continues to travel around the state spreading Dan's conservative message of fighting for Texas and getting results," the site states. "This encouraging polling information reveals that Dan's hard work is paying off."

The Republican nominee will square off against plaintiff's attorney Sam Houston, a Democrat, in the Nov. 4 general election.

Texas voters can vote in the Republican Primary through Feb. 28.

From Legal Newsline: Reach David Yates at elections@legalnewsline.com.

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