Gov. Abbott Pulling Away From O’Rourke In Texas Race

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot (R.) is leading his opponent Beto O’Rourke (D.) by around seven points with only six weeks left before the election.

Aided by his popularity with hispanic voters and his stance on abortion, Abbott is in a strong position to maintain his seat as governor of the state.

An Emerson College poll showed that Abbott is leading big on two specific issues: “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.”

O’Rourke gained popularity, especially amongst democrats, in his near win against Ted Cruz for a senate seat in Texas. Texas has traditionally been a republican senate stronghold, and Cruz has been a popular senator over the past few years.

In 2018, the race between O’Rourke and Cruz was so tight that it went to recount and it ended up being the closest senate rate in 40 years in the state of Texas. Cruz won but O’Rourke became the “darling” of the democratic party even garnering talk of a presidential run sometime in the future.

In politics, just like many other things in life, potential will only go so far. If O’Rourke loses this election to Abbott, that would be his third high profile loss in a row. He lost the 2018 senate race to Cruz, dropped out of the presidential race before primary voting began, and now trails Abbott by at least seven points with just six weeks to go.

Back in May, O’Rourke made a desperate move in the gubernatorial race by interrupting Abbot during his Uvalde press conference in an emotional plea for gun control. While he was hoping to make a dent in Abbot’s lead, his plan backfired as most voters saw through the attempt as a staged political stunt.

After that stunt, O’Rourke and many democrats thought that abortion would propel him to a win and then called out Abbott for sending migrants to other cities in what they labeled a “political stunt.” Voters in Texas, however, continue to side with Abbott and the republicans on each of these issues, and if the polls hold true, O’Rourke will be on the losing side of another political campaign.