Poll: Greg Abbott widens lead over Beto O’Rourke in Texas governor race

Greg Abbott has widened his lead to nine points over Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke in the race for governor, with less than two months until election day.

Greg Abbott has widened his lead to nine points over Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in the race for governor, with less than two months until election day.

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Greg Abbott has widened his lead to nine points over Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in the race for Texas governor, according to a poll by the University of Texas at Tyler and the Dallas Morning News.

The poll, published on Monday, September 19, showed incumbent Abbott with 47% of the vote, while O’Rourke had 38% of the support. Researchers for the poll surveyed 1,268 registered voters from September 6-13. In August, the Dallas Morning News and UT Tyler pushed a similar poll that showed Abbott ahead by seven points. 

Out of the voters surveyed in the recent poll, 25% strongly agree with Abbott’s handling his job as governor, while 34% strongly disapprove. The poll also showed how 30% of the voters strongly approve of Abbott’s actions on immigration at the Texas-Mexico border. Twenty-seven percent strongly disapprove. 

Several polls have been released to gauge how voters feel with the election coming up on November 8. On Wednesday, September 14, the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project published a poll that had Abbott leading 45% over O’Rourke’s 40% in a sample size of 1,200 voters. 

In an interview with Lone Star Politics, O’Rourke revealed his thoughts on poll numbers. He told the Dallas Morning News show, “There were more than 7 million Texans, including hundreds of thousands throughout North Texas, who didn’t vote in 2020.”

“In other words, 7 million that we have yet to hear from, whose votes have yet to be counted,” he said. “I don’t think they’re reflected in these polls.”

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