Greg Abbott Beats Beto O’Rourke in Latest Gubernatorial Poll

Greg Abbott Beats Beto O'Rourke in Latest Gubernatorial Poll

( – There’s bad news for former Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke this week, after a new poll threw cold water on his latest electoral gamble. Will O’Rourke beat out the incumbent to become the next governor of Texas? Right now it doesn’t look likely.

Former Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke (D) ran against Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2018, and lost. In 2020, he ran against Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, and lost. This November, he’s running against Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) in an attempt to unseat him. If the election were held tomorrow, according to a poll released last week by the University of Houston, he would lose again.

From January 14-24, the university’s Hobby School of Public Affairs polled 1,400 Texas voters on how they would vote in a hypothetical gubernatorial election between the four leading candidates. Libertarian Mark Jay Tippetts has 2% support while Green hopeful Delilah Barrios has only 1%. O’Rourke is backed by 43%. However, Abbott is 5 points ahead at 48%.

The midterms are almost 10 months away, and a lot could happen in between now and then. Could O’Rourke manage to eat away at Abbott’s lead? It’s possible – but, with the Democrats’ poll numbers still in freefall, it isn’t very likely. The way things are now it looks like Beto O’Rourke is on track to lose again and the third time really isn’t the charm.

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