Pro-Life Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Has Double Digit Lead Over Pro-Abortion Beto O’Rourke

State   |   Mary Rooke   |   Oct 22, 2022   |   9:26AM   |   Austin, Texas

Republicans are crushing the Democrats’ dreams of turning Texas blue, according to a new state poll that shows Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other Republican candidates with double-digit leads over their Democrat opponents.

Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke is down by 11-points to Abbott in the latest University of Texas/Texas Politics Project poll, as in-person voting in Texas starts Oct. 24. Among likely voters in Texas, 54% say they plan to vote for Abbott for Texas Governor, while 43% indicated they are voting for O’Rourke, according to the poll.

Abbott’s statewide popularity has risen since the poll’s August results, which had Abbott only 5-points ahead of O’Rourke.

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Other Republican candidates are enjoying hefty voter support among likely Texas voters, the poll reported. Republican Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is leading his Democratic opponent, 51%-36%, the data found.

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who faced a highly competitive GOP primary race, is leading Democrat Rochelle Garza by 15-points in his race for reelection. Among likely Texas voters, 51% will be voting for Paxton, compared to the 37% who said they’ll vote for Garza. Republicans running for Texas Land Commissioner, Comptroller of Public Accounts, and Agriculture Commissioner also have at least an 11-point lead over their Democrat challenger, the poll reported.

Likely Texas voters gave GOP candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives a nine-point lead over Democratic candidates. That margin increased for Republican candidates for the Texas Legislature, who have an 11-point lead, according to the poll.