A new Quinnipiac University poll (PDF) shows U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) with an 11-point lead over U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R) by 19 over Lupe Valdez (D).
Cruz leads O’Rourke, 50%-39%, among “Texas voters.” Cruz leads among men, 57%-35%, and among women, 44%-42%, which is statistically tied. Cruz leads among Anglos (62%-28%) and Hispanics/Latinos (46%-44%, a statistical tie). O’Rourke leads among African-Americans (70%-15%) and voters under 35 (46%-41%).
Cruz’s lead jumped eight points from the university’s April poll (PDF). At the time, we said, “the closeness of the horse race is highly questionable, [but] the poll does highlight three of O’Rourke’s significant weaknesses.” Those weaknesses remain, and at least one is worse.
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