In the race for governor in Texas, Republican incumbent Greg Abbott is pulling ahead of Democrat Beto O’Rourke in polls.
Key issues like border security and abortion are pushing Abbott ahead, along with support from Hispanic voters.
Beto O’Rourke was always a longshot here and it’s starting to show in the numbers.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Texas Gov. Abbott pulling away from O’Rourke thanks to abortion and border
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is pulling away from Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, aided by the support of Hispanics and the state’s opposition to abortion.
In the latest Emerson College/the Hill survey, the abortion issue — recently supercharged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s move to strike down Roe v. Wade — appeared to be helping the Republican governor.
Ditto with the ongoing border crisis, which has prompted the governor to ship illegal immigrants to Washington, including dozens sent to the gate of Vice President Kamala Harris’s official home.
“Voters were asked which candidate they align with most on the issue of abortion rights. Forty-nine percent align with Abbott while 44% align with O’Rourke. On the issue of border security, 58% align with Abbott and 39% with O’Rourke,” said the survey analysis.
Overall, Abbott leads O’Rourke 50%-42%. The governor’s lead has grown by 1 point since the last Emerson survey in February.
At the moment, it looks like Greg Abbott is going to hold on to the governor’s office.
Greg Abbott (R-Inc) 51% (+7)
Beto O'Rourke (D) 44%
Mark Tippetts (L) 1%
Delilah Barrios (G) 1%
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) September 29, 2022
🚨 TEXAS POLL BY Quinnipiac
(R) Greg Abbott 53% (+7)
(D) Beto O'Rourke 46%
Biden Job Approval: 39/57 (-18)
Abbot Job Approval: 51/47 (+4)
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) September 28, 2022
🚨 TEXAS POLL By Emerson College
(R) Greg Abbott 50% (+8)
(D) Beto O'Rourke 42%
(R) Donald Trump 49% (+9)
(D) Joe Biden 40%
Biden Job Approval: 37/56 (-19)
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) September 27, 2022
Even if O’Rourke loses here, he will likely run for some other office in the future.
That’s all he knows how to do.