The gubernatorial race is on in Texas, as current Governor Greg Abbott faces off against Democrat challenger Beto O’Rourke. Much of the country is anticipating a fiery campaign from both candidates.
O’Rourke has been in the political spotlight before, as he’s often a vocal advocate of many far-left policies. And he’s proven capable of raising large amounts of money via successful fundraising.
But Beto’s campaign just got some upsetting news.
When O’Rourke announced that he’d challenge Abbott for his job, some Democrat leaders and voters were hopeful. Though Beto is a polarizing figure, he certainly maintains many ardent followers.
And early fundraising reports showed that Beto hasn’t lost much support in recent years.
On top of that, Gov. Abbott’s office said they weren’t taking the challenge lightly. They viewed O’Rourke as a potentially difficult opponent, so they weren’t going to underestimate his potency.
However, early polling suggests that Abbott’s team doesn’t have to worry.
Last month, several surveys gave Abbott a 9-point lead over his opponent. Since then, that gap hasn’t narrowed — in fact, it has only widened by a large amount.
Via The Daily Wire:
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott absolutely crushing gubernatorial Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke among registered voters by a whopping 15 points, 52%-37%.
According to this poll, Gov. Abbott would win the election in a landslide if voting was held today.
It’s concerning for O’Rourke’s campaign to see the deficit widen so quickly. They’ll have to work hard to close the gap before next year; otherwise, Abbott might end up with an insurmountable lead.
Said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy:
How far behind is Beto O’Rourke? 15 points is more than your typical two touchdown deficit in football and an even bigger hole in the game of politics.
Unsurprisingly, just about all Republicans (90 percent) want Abbott to retain his position, while most Democrats are pushing for O’Rourke (87%).
Maybe the most important statistic – and the one that could ultimately decide the election – is the Independent voter stance. That’s likely where many elections will be won and lost in 2022.
And in this case, Independents prefer Abbott by a significant margin: 47% to 37%.
The other problem O’Rourke has is his overall approval rating. According tot he poll, only 36% of voters view Beto favorably, while 42% have a favorable view of Abbott.
Additionally, 57% of voters believe Gov. Abbott cares about the average citizen in Texas, while only 45% feel the same way about O’Rourke. 60% say Abbott has good leadership skills; Beto came in at 49%.
When it comes to the economy, Abbott has the biggest lead: 60% – 32%.
The current Governor also has a big lead in regards to immigration issues, where 58% of voters feel he’s best-equipped to handle this problem, while only 35% sided with Beto.
Republicans continue to seize on O’Rourke’s stance on the 2nd Amendment and his vow to “take your AR-15.” The GOP also believes O’Rourke will tear down all physical border barriers.
Previously, Beto lost a close Senate race to Ted Cruz, and now Gov. Abbott is saying O’Rourke will lose yet again. Here’s what he told the Texas Tribune:
You’re talking about a person who says they want to run for governor who said, ‘Heck yes,’ he’s gonna come and take your guns. Heck yes, he’s for open borders.
Heck yes, he’s for killing the energy sector and fossil fuels in the state of Texas. I don’t think that’s gonna sell real well.
Gov. Abbott has been a frequent critic of the Biden administration, and has called out the President for his failure to protect the southern border. He also stands strong with many conservative ideals.
Considering the apparent “red wave” that’s building in Washington, perhaps it’s no surprise to see Abbott with a healthy lead in Texas.
- Governor Greg Abbott has extended his polling lead over Democrat opponent Beto O’Rourke.
- The lead was around 9 according to surveys last month. That lead has now grown to 15 according to a new Quinnipiac poll.
- The majority of voters think Abbott is a better leader, cares more about the average Texan, and is better equipped to handle the economy and immigration.
Source: The Daily Wire