Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Beto O’Rourke (D) comfortably leads their primary challengers and appears poised to win their respective nominations outright, according to the a pair of polls released this weekend.
Abbott has the support of 58% of “all primary voters” and 62% of “almost certain primary voters” according to a new Univ. of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs poll (PDF). Those figures are almost identical in a new Dallas Morning News/Univ. of Texas at Tyler poll (pdf): 59% of “total voters” and 63% of “certain voters.” O’Rourke is favored by 73% of all primary voters and 82% of “almost certain” voters in the Hobby poll and a less resounding 58% and 64% in the UT-Tyler poll.
Abbott would prevail, 48%-43%, over O’Rourke in the general election according to the Hobby poll and 47%-36% according to the UT-Tyler poll.
Hobby Poll Toplines
In the gubernatorial primary, Former Florida congressman and Texas Republican Party chair Allen West is a distant second at 11% among all primary voters and 14% among “almost certain” voters, followed by former Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas) at 7% in each group. About one in six primary voters is undecided, as are about one in eight “almost certain” primary voters. Slightly more than 10% of each “would never consider voting” for Abbott.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) also appears poised to win outright with the support of 52% of all primary voters and 61% of “almost certain” primary voters. No other candidate reached 5% support in either group, but about a third are undecided.
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