Put away any silly notions that Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, has a chance of unseating Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, come November.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Cruz holding a double-digit lead over O’Rourke, as would be expected in Texas. Fifty percent of Texans polled backed Cruz, while 39 percent said they support O’Rourke.
Cruz’s numbers are all positive. Among registered voters in Texas, 52 percent approve of the job he’s doing as senator and he has a favorability rating of 49 – 38 percent. O’Rourke suffers from little name recognition. Half of those polled did not know enough about him to form an opinion of him, positive or negative. Among voters who do know who O’Rourke is, he has a 30 – 19 percent favorability rating.
The top three issues for voters in Texas are immigration, health care, and the economy.
“Sen. Ted Cruz, apparently benefitting from a nationwide Republican mini-move, has taken a solid lead in his reelection race,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.
“President Donald Trump’s Texas numbers also have climbed during those six weeks moving from a nine point deficit on job approval to an even split today. It is hard not to see a pro- Cruz effect there.”
“Finally, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s lead among independent voters has shrunk,” Brown added. “Sen. Cruz has improved his standing among some key groups, including independent voters, Hispanic voters and men.”
Bottom line: Ted Cruz will be re-elected to the U.S. Senate in November.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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