A new survey has Texas Gov. Greg Abbott possessing a firm 7-point lead over Democratic Party nominee Beto O'Rourke in the state's gubernatorial race.
The Dallas Morning News-University of Texas at Tyler poll hasn't changed much since May, with the Republican Abbott consistently holding at 46% and O'Rourke at 39% when surveying registered voters within the state.
One possible explanation for the lack of movement with polling trends: More than three-quarters of Republican respondents to the survey either "strongly approve" or "approve" of Abbott's work as Texas governor, which dates back to January 2015.
Also, Abbott has reportedly garnered support from a robust faction of Texans (more than 50% of respondents) regarding his recent handling of the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, in terms of busing migrants to sanctuary cities along the East Coast (New York City and Washington, D.C.)
Both candidates fared well within their respective political spheres, according to the survey, but Abbott performed better in two crucial categories:
- The DMN/UT poll revealed that 85% of Republicans fully support Abbott's reelection bid, and 81% of Democrats plan to vote for O'Rourke in November.
- And in terms of crossing over to the other political party on Election Day, 12% of Democrats plan to back Abbott, whereas only 8% of Republicans have professed to want O'Rourke as governor.
From an issues perspective, more respondents believe Abbott would fare better with border security, the economy, reducing crime and electrical grid management.
In fact, Abbott scored 53% with his approach to overseeing Texas' $2 trillion economy, which is greater than all of Canada.
On the flip side, more survey participants thought O'Rourke would do a better job of "bringing people together."
In the final months before the November midterms, money likely won't be a mitigating factor for Abbott and O'Rourke.
Each candidate posted massive hauls for the recently completed fundraising quarter (April through June), collectively bringing in more than $52 million during that period.
Also, from Feb. 20 to June 30, Abbott's reelection campaign raised $24.9 million from roughly 113,000 contributions; and O'Rourke — who lost a close Senate race to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in 2018 — raked in a record sum of $27.6 million from more than 511,000 contributions.
The DMN/UT poll surveyed 1,384 registered voters over the seven-day period of Aug. 1-7. With political-party affiliation, 33% sampled identified as Democrats, and 40% claimed to be Republicans.
The other 27% identified as independents, and had no particular sway between Abbott or O'Rourke.
The poll's margin of error was 2.8 percentage points.
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