Poll: Tea party candidate closing in on Kay Bailey Hutchison

According to a survey out Tuesday by Public Policy Polling, Medina, a nurse who’s now a businesswoman, had the support of 24 percent of likely Republican primary voters, trailing the three-term senator by only 4 percentage points. Perry, who’s leading Hutchison by double-digits in several polls, got 39 percent in the latest survey.

If none of the candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote in the March 2 primary, the top two finishers will compete in a runoff a week later.

The poll of 423 likely Republican voters found Medina particularly strong among those angry at Washington. Among the third of voters in the poll who said they disapproved of Washington, Medina topped Perry, 37 percent to 32 percent.