According to political experts, O’Rourke is still within striking distance, based on the most recent surveys. But Governor Abbott’s controversial bus idea continues to gain traction, keeping the border in the national limelight.
Polls continue to indicate that Governor Greg Abbott leads his Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke with six weeks to go until the election.
Quinnipiac University issued a survey of likely voters on Wednesday showing Abbott with a 7-point lead over O’Rourke (53%-46%).
“The contest for the top post in Austin edges toward Abbott, who has extremely strong support from white Texans, especially white men, while O’Rourke has overwhelming appeal among Black voters and great support among young people,” said Tim Malloy, a polling analyst at Quinnipiac University.
The study questioned 1,327 likely Texas voters between September 22 and September 26, with a margin of error of +/-2.7 percentage points.
Only 3% of respondents who favor a candidate in the race said that they might change their minds prior to the election.
According to respondents, the security of the Texas-Mexico border is the most pressing issue facing the state of Texas today.
The focus of Gov. Abbott’s campaign has been on the border, while O’Rourke’s has been on abortion (the number two issue for Texas voters) and gun safety (the number 4 ranked issue).
“With 1,254 miles of border and a constant influx of immigration, Texans cannot help but be preoccupied with the border,” said Malloy.
Gov. Abbott and O’Rourke will engage in their sole debate of the campaign season on Friday. The university hosting the discussion is University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Voting takes place on Tuesday, November 8.
Priority Concerns for Texas Voters (According to Quinnipiac Poll):
Texas-Mexico Border (38%)
Abortion (17 percent)
inflation (11 percent)
Gun Policy (8%)
Election Statutes (6%