POLL: Texas Senate Race Between Cruz and O’Rourke Too Close To Call
A new poll released Wednesday shows the U.S. Senate race between Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke as "too close to call". The poll conducted by Quinnipiac has Cruz at 47% and O'Rourke at 44%.
The poll shows Cruz leading among Republican voters 88%-6% while O'Rourke is winning Democrats 87%-9% and Independents 51%-37%. One problem for O'Rourke is that 53% of Texans don't know enough to form an opinion of him according to today's poll.
Other key findings from Qunnipiac:
Sen. Cruz gets lackluster grades, including a 47 - 45 percent job approval rating and a 46 - 44 percent favorability rating. O'Rourke gets a 30 - 16 percent favorability rating, but 53 percent of Texas voters don't know enough about him to form an opinion of him.
Texas voters "like Ted Cruz as a person" 47 - 38 percent. Voters "like Beto O'Rourke as a person" 40 - 13 percent with 47 percent undecided.
Cruz does score higher than O'Rourke on different policy issues such as the 2nd Amendment.
Voters say Cruz would do a better job than O'Rourke on a number of issues:
- 51 - 35 percent that Cruz would do a better job on the economy;
- 49 - 36 percent for Cruz on taxes;
- 43 percent say Cruz would do a better job on health care, as 42 percent say O'Rourke would be better;
- 46 - 38 percent that Cruz would be better on immigration;
- 50 - 37 percent that Cruz would be better on gun policy.
President Donald Trump doesn't fair very well in Texas according to the poll. 52% of voters disapprove of the job Trump is doing while 43% approve.
Quinnipiac also asked voters in Texas about the race for Governor. According to today's poll, Governor Abbott would easily defeat either Andrew White or Lupe Valdez.
In the Texas governor's race, Republican incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott tops former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez 49 - 40 percent and leads entrepreneur Andrew White 48 - 41 percent.
You can see the entire poll from Quinnipiac here.