The Texas Lyceum and Quinnipiac Univ. released polls on Texas statewide races today, and both groups found Gov. Greg Abbott (R) with a double-digit lead over former Dallas Co. Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) but U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) in a much closer race against U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso).

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Among “likely voters”:

  • Abbott leads Valdez, 47%-31%, with Libertarian Mark Tippetts receiving 1% support. A sixth of “likely voters” said they “haven’t thought enough about it.”
  • Gov. Dan Patrick (R) leads Mike Collier (D), 39%-29%, with Libertarian Kerry McKennon receiving 4% support and 25% not having “thought enough about it.”
  • Gen. Ken Paxton (R) leads Justin Nelson (D), 35%-25%, with Libertarian Michael Ray Harris receiving 4% support. More than a third of “likely voters” have not “thought enough about it.”
  • Cruz leads O’Rourke, 41%-39%, with Libertarian Neal Dikeman receiving 1% support and a sixth of “likely voters” reporting they “haven’t thought enough about it.”

Abbott’s job approval rating among “likely voters” is 57/33 (+24). Patrick’s is 41/30 (+11).

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