Cruz Opens Nine-Point Lead in Senate Race

Texas Senator Ted Cruz maintains his nine-point lead over Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke in the latest poll from Quinnipiac University.  Cruz has 54-percent support among likely voters, compared to 45-percent for O'Rourke. 

According to Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll,  "Is the Beto bubble bursting or just hissing away with a slow leak? With less than four weeks until Election Day, Congressman Beto O'Rourke has hit a wall and remains the same nine points behind Sen. Ted Cruz as he was when Quinnipiac University polled the race last month."

Men prefer the Republican incumbent by a 62-37 margin, while women skew toward the El Paso Democrat 52-46. 

O'Rourke has widespread support among minorities, leading 84-10 with blacks and 61-37 among Hispanics.  White voters prefer Cruz 69-30.

In the same poll, Texas Governor Greg Abbott owns a 20-point advantage over Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez.  Texas likely voters give Abbott a 62 - 32 percent favorability rating, while Valdez' approval numbers are nearly-evenly split.  But 39-percent of voters also admit they don't know enough about Valdez to form an opinion.

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