A new CBS-11/Dixie Strategies poll finds U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) leading U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso), 46%-42%, with Libertarian Neal Dikeman polling at 1% and 11% undecided. It is the narrowest of the statewide contests polled, but just barely in a couple of races:

  • Greg Abbott (R) leads former Dallas Co. Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D), 53%-34%
  • Gov. Dan Patrick (R) leads Mike Collier (D), 45%-39%
  • Gen. Ken Paxton (R) leads Justin Nelson (D), 45%-39%
  • Land Comm. George P. Bush (R) leads Miguel Suazo (D), 46%-30%.

The results, at least for the SEN and GOV races, echo other recent polls that suggest Abbott has a significantly larger lead than Cruz over their respective challengers. The poll also tracks with recent polls suggesting Abbott is viewed more favorably than Cruz across many key voter groups.

Dixie Strategies found 61% of likely voters had a favorable opinion of Abbott (44% very favorable) while 34% had an unfavorable opinion (23% very unfavorable). As for Cruz, 52% viewed him favorably (34% very favorably) and 44% viewed him unfavorably (30% very unfavorably). Among unaffiliated voters, Abbott’s rating was 59/36 (33/21 very) while Cruz’s rating was 45/43 (25/30 very).

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