• October 25, 2021
 Ted Cruz Leads Beto O’Rourke by 4 points, According to NBC/Marist Poll

Ted Cruz Leads Beto O’Rourke by 4 points, According to NBC/Marist Poll

Just as the fall television ad wars are about to begin, a new NBC News/Marist pollof Texas registered voters shows a tight U.S. Senate race between U.S. Ted Cruzand U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso.

In a head-to-head match up, Cruz held a 4-point lead over O’Rourke. Forty-nine percent of respondents backed Cruz, compared to 45 percent who supported O’Rourke.

Six percent of respondents remain undecided. The poll has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.

Cruz has maintained a fairly strong favorability rating, with 49 percent of those surveyed viewing him favorably and 41 percent viewing him unfavorably.

O’Rourke is far more unknown. Forty-one percent of respondents viewed him favorably while 23 percent of those surveyed had an unfavorable view. Thirty-six percent were either unsure of their opinion of O’Rourke or hadn’t heard of him.

That there are so many remaining Texans who do not know who O’Rourke is suggests his television ad campaign strategy will be critical: He either has room to grow his support or room for Cruz’s campaign to negatively define him.

The poll also showed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott with a daunting 19-point lead over former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, similar to other public polling of the race.

Additionally, President Donald Trump is just above water in the state: 47 percent of registered voters approve of his job performance, against a 45 percent disapproval rating.

This was a live telephone poll conducted between Aug. 12 and 16. The poll was conducted prior to Tuesday, when Trump’s former longtime attorney and former campaign chairman were separately declared guilty of various crimes.

Author: ABBY LIVINGSTON –  The Texas Tribune

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  • Most of the nations basket of DEPLORABLES are located in the state of Texas! the others are in the south and midwest. A group of fine WHITE NATIONALIST Supremacist!
    Ted Cruz is not even TEXAN so where’s your PRIDE TEXAS? Ted Cruz has never visited all 264 Texas counties, he just found out last year that El Paso is in the United States!
    Ted Cruz takes money from special interest groups like the NRA and industrial polluters like the coal industry.
    TIMES UP FOR Ted Cruz! he knows that nobody likes him in Washington since he is a different breed of swamp sewage! VOTE HIM OUT!
    So how’s Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen doing for Team Trump! TOO MUCH WINNING! over in Russia maybe. Instead of the chant Lock her up lock her up, it’s now, PUTIN PUTIN PUTIN PUTIN PUTIN PUTIN!

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