Hispanic/Latino Vote: Telemundo released a new poll showing Lupe Valdez (D) leading Gov. Greg Abbott (R), 44%-38%, among Hispanic/Latino registered voters. Libertarian Mark Tippetts polled at 2%, and about 1 in 6 respondents were undecided. Interestingly, 21% of self-identified Democrats said they would vote for Abbott.

In 2014, Abbott received 37% of the vote, measured head-to-head against Wendy Davis (D), in counties where at least 75% of the adult population was Hispanic/Latino and 55% in counties with a majority-Hispanic/Latino population. Those were the highest numbers for a Republican gubernatorial nominee since George W. Bush’s 1998 re-election (51% and 66%, respectively) if one excludes the 2006 race, which is skewed by the presence of two over-performing independent candidates.

The same poll shows U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) leading U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R), 54%-31%. Libertarian Neal Dikeman polled at 1%, and about 1 in 7 respondents were undecided. No crosstabs were provided. The poll of 625 respondents was conducted by Mason Dixon Polling & Strategy. It was in the field August 20-22. No margin of error was provided by Telemundo.

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