Poll: Abbott ahead of O’Rourke by 7 points

(The Center Square) — Texas Governor Greg Abbott leads Robert “Beto” O’Rourke by seven percentage points in the gubernatorial race, according to a new Dallas Morning News poll.

The poll was conducted the first week of August by the University of Texas-Tyler and Dallas Morning News. He found that 85% of Republicans said they would vote for Abbott; 81% of Democrats said they would vote for O’Rourke.

The poll results show a slight decrease in Abbott’s lead from a Dallas Morning News poll in late June-early July that had Abbott at 51% and O’Rourke at 41%.

In the August poll, potential voters were asked if they would “vote for Republican incumbent Greg Abbott, Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke, Green Party candidate Delilah Barrios, Libertarian candidate Mark Tippetts or someone else; 46% said they would vote for Abbott, 39% for O’Rourke.

A July poll from the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs had Abbott leading by 49% to O’Rourke’s 44%. A July CBS poll also had Abbott ahead of O’Rourke, 49% to 41%.

According to the RealClear Politics poll average, Abbott holds a 6.8% lead over O’Rourke.

Abbott is seeking his third term as Republican Governor of Texas. O’Rourke, the former Democratic congressman from El Paso, is trying to run for another statewide position after unsuccessfully trying to oust U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. He also unsuccessfully ran for president in the 2020 Democratic primary.

According to Transparency USA, Governor Abbott has $45.9 million in cash of the $69.5 million raised. O’Rourke has $23.9 million in cash of the $40.7 million raised.

O’Rourke is currently covering 5,600 miles across the state, making 70 appearances in more than 65 counties in 49 days.

Abbott’s first TV commercial aired this week and provides insight into his personal life, marriage and how he overcame the accident that put him in a wheelchair.

Nexstar Media Group will host the only Governors’ Debate on September 30 for one hour. It will be held on the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley Edinburgh campus and will be moderated by Britt Moreno of KXAN Austin. A panel of reporters, including Sally Hernandez of KXAN Austin, Gromer Jeffers of Dallas Morning News and Steve Sprester of KSAT San Antonio, will pose questions to the contestants.

The debate will be live and viewable in all media markets and on Spanish-language stations, statewide.

The election is November 8.

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