After weeks of near-ties in polls, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has leaped out in front of Democratic opponent and Rep. Beto O'Rourke, according to a new Emerson College poll
Among likely voters in the Lone Star State, Emerson found Cruz leading O'Rourke — boosted by Democrats and the national mainstream media as one of the nation's hottest political properties — 47 percent to 42 percent.
The same survey found Texas voters favoring the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court by 46 percent to 41 percent.
Kavanaugh's confirmation "could be a factor for Cruz," concluded Emerson, which pointed out that its poll was conducted before the controversial jurist's confirmation by the U.S. Senate on Saturday.
O'Rourke has been likened to Robert Kennedy by the Financial Times and to another "fresh-faced, appealing Democrat coming out of nowhere with an inspiring message and a funny name," by Austin journalist Ruth Pennebacker. This year, he pulled ahead of Cruz in fund-raising by $23.6 million to the incumbent's $15.6 million.
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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