Abbott holds 8-point lead over O’Rourke in race for Texas governor: poll
Incumbent Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) leads Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke by 8 points among likely voters in the state’s gubernatorial race, according to a new poll.
According to a Abbott leads O’Rourke 49% to 41% among likely voters in a CBS News-YouGov poll released Thursday, though the majority of Texas residents polled saw the governor’s response to the deadly Uvalde, Texas, school a drawn negatively and more than half having an unfavorable view of his overall performance as governor.
Among 1,075 respondents to the poll, which was conducted between June 22 and June 27, 79% of Republican voters said they approved of Abbott’s record, compared to 24% of Democrats, 40% of independents approving and 60 % disapproving.
The poll shows a wider gap between Abbott and O’Rourke compared to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted June 9-13 that found Abbott had a 5-point lead among Texas voters.
Tensions between Abbott and O’Rourke came to a head last month at a news conference in Uvalde when O’Rourke accused the governor of being complicit in the shooting.
“You don’t do anything,” O’Rourke said. “You said it wasn’t predictable, it was totally predictable, and you chose not to do anything.”
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin slammed O’Rourke for his outburst, calling him a “sick son of a bitch” for making it a “political issue”.
The CBS News poll’s margin of error is 4.7 percentage points.