With early voting about halfway through, U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke will be hosting another campaign rally in Lubbock. Ted Cruz (TX-R) prior to a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
Ted Cruz clings to a narrow 51 - 46 percent likely voter lead over U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic challenger in the Texas Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.
That compared to a 54 percent to 45 percent Cruz lead in an October 11 survey by Quinnipiac University. However, recent polls still show him trailing by single digits.
The latest figures put the Democrat within striking distance, thanks to a strong showing among independent voters, who favor the Democrat 56 to 40 percent.
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The race has become unusually close for a Republican stronghold as Election Day approaches. The margin of error was +/- 3.5 percentage points.
At the same time, Cruz draws support from white voters, 67-30 percent, as O'Rourke claims support from black voters, 86-12 percent, and Hispanic voters, 60-36 percent, the poll shows.
"Sen. Cruz is ahead due to his winning the 'gender gap.' He wins men 56 to 39 percent, while Representative O'Rourke can manage only a 52 to 45 percent edge among women".
Three percent of those surveyed are undecided and only 2 percent of those who did express a preference said that they could change their minds before they voted.