Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is in a virtual tie with his Democratic challenger, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, according to the latest online poll from Emerson College.
According to the poll, Cruz holds a very slim lead, though O’Rourke is well within the margin of error, with one-fifth of voters still undecided.
- Cruz: 38 percent
- O’Rourke: 37 percent
- Other: 4 percent
- Undecided: 21 percent
Emerson also found that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott holds a 20 vote advantage over his opponent, former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez, in the gubernatorial race.
- Abbott: 48 percent
- Valdez: 28 percent
- Other: 3 percent
- Undecided: 20 percent
According to Emerson, Abbott owes his lead to strong support among independent voters, while Cruz is more disliked than liked by independents, leading to lower overall support.
- Independents for Cruz: 25 percent
- Independents for O’Rourke: 38 percent
- Independents for Abbott: 38 percent
- Independents for Valdez: 27 percent
Cruz also has a disadvantage compared to Abbott in that his opponent is more popular and widely known than Abbott’s opponent.
The Emerson e-Poll was conducted from Aug. 22-25, 2018 with 550 registered voters, and a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
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