Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) leads failed presidential candidate and former congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) by eight points in the Texas gubernatorial race, a CBS/YouGov poll has found. released Thursday.
Overall, 49% of adult Texas residents said they would vote for Abbott if “the Texas gubernatorial election was held” on the day they were polled, while 41% said they would vote for Democratic nominee O’Rourke. Six percent were “not sure,” while four percent said they would vote for another candidate. Abbott holds a 25-point lead over O’Rourke when it comes to independent voters, as 55% expressed support for the governor and 30% backed failed U.S. Senate nominee O’Rourke. Eleven percent of independents preferred “someone else” as their candidate, and six percent were “not sure” who they supported.
Abbott leads in male and female demographics, 52% and 45% respectively, as well as with Texans ages 30-44, 45-64, and 65 and older. The figures for 18-29 year olds were not specified in the survey. Among Hispanics, 55% chose O’Rourke, overtaking Abbott, who won 36% of the population.
Abbott is seeking a third term as governor in the Lone Star State, having won elections in 2014 and 2018. O’Rourke served as the U.S. Representative for the 16th congressional district from 2013 to 2019. In the 2018 midterm elections , he lost a U.S. Senate bid to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). He also ran in the Democratic primaries for the 2020 presidential election, but failed to secure a single delegate.
Following the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman murdered 19 children and two teachers, O’Rourke hosted an unannounced Abbott press conference in what the Uvalde Mayor Don Mcloughlin called for an effort to score cheap political points. .
“You don’t do anything,” O’Rourke told the governor.
“He has to get his ass out of here,” McLoughlin said. “Sir, you are out of place! Sir, you are out of place! Please leave this auditorium. “I can’t believe…you’re a sick son of a bitch,” the mayor continued, “who would come to an event like this to make political trouble.”
The poll surveyed “1,075 American adult residents in Texas” statewide between June 22 and June 27 with a 4.7% margin of error.