Texas Governor’s Race Between Abbott And Beto Is Right On The Edge

The Texas Governor’s race between incumbent Greg Abbott and failed presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is close, according to new polling.

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A new Quinnipiac University poll released this week shows the race is tightening.

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“In the race for Texas governor, 48 percent of voters support Republican incumbent Greg Abbott, while 43 percent support Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke…” the poll found.

The survey found Beto has gained steam in recent months.

“This compares to a Quinnipiac University poll in December 2021 when 52 percent of voters supported Abbott and 37 percent supported O’Rourke,” the group said. “In today’s poll, Republicans (90 – 5 percent) and independents (46 – 40 percent) back Abbott, while Democrats (96 – 2 percent) back O’Rourke.”

Texas has not had a Democratic governor since 1995, when the party was much more conservative on economic and social issues.

“Forty-six percent of voters have a favorable opinion of Abbott, while 45 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him,” Quinnipiac said. “Thirty-eight percent of voters have a favorable opinion of O’Rourke, while 43 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him.”

The poll also found significant variations in support by demographics.

“There are also big differences by gender, race, and age. Abbott wins the support of men 59 – 33 percent, while O’Rourke wins the support of women 52 – 38 percent,” the group said. “Abbott wins the support of white voters 63 – 30 percent, while O’Rourke wins the support of Black voters 73 – 11 percent and Hispanic voters 50 – 41 percent. O’Rourke leads among voters 18 – 34 years old (56 – 35 percent), while Abbott leads among voters 35 – 49 years old (50 – 38 percent) and voters 50 – 64 years old (57 – 37 percent). Among voters 65 years of age and over, Abbott receives 50 percent, while O’Rourke receives 45 percent.”

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