A new poll released Thursday shows GOP Senator Ted Cruz maintaining a slight 3 point advantage over liberal challenger Beto O’Rourke; placing the high-stakes Texas contest well within the statistical margin of error.
The survey published by Emerson College has Cruz at 50% and O’Rourke at 47% with two percent of those asked still undecided.
— The Hill (@thehill) November 1, 2018
“The poll shows a somewhat tightened race compared to a previous Emerson College poll released in early October, which found Cruz with a 5-point lead over O’Rourke, 47 percent to 42 percent among likely voters poled,” writes the Hill.
President Trump visited the Lone Star State just days ago, downplaying their GOP primary rivalry and saying no politician has helped him advance his political agenda more than Senator Ted Cruz.
Read the full survey here.
CRUZIN' AHEAD: New Poll Shows Ted Cruz with 9% Lead over Democratic Challenger
A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Texas Sen. Ted Cruz opening a slight lead over Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in recent days; easing GOP concerns over whether the former presidential hopeful can hang on to his seat.
Despite the popular Democrat closing the gap in recent months, Cruz now holds a 54% to 45% advantage over O’Rourke according to the new survey; opening a 9% advantage just weeks before Texans head to the voting booth.
— Quinnipiac University Poll (@QuinnipiacPoll) September 18, 2018
“The Texas U.S. Senate race between Sen. Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke, and Democratic hopes for an upset win there, have boosted talk of a Senate takeover. These numbers may calm that talk,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “Congressman O’Rourke may be drawing big crowds and media attention, but Texas likely voters like Sen. Cruz better.”
BETO’S BIG BUCKS: O’Rourke Raises Record $70 MILLION to Topple Ted Cruz
Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke raised a staggering $70 million in his efforts to oust Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas this election cycle; smashing records and outpacing the GOP legislator by a two-to-one margin.
“The cost of a U.S. Senate seat from Texas has never been higher, and Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s insurgent bid to topple Sen. Ted Cruz has now attracted $70 million as the El Paso Democrat keeps setting new national records,” writes the Dallas News.
“The Democrat’s latest campaign report, filed early Friday with the Federal Election Commission, showed he brought in nearly $8.5 million from Oct. 1 to 17, padding a tally that was already the most of for any Senate candidate anywhere, ever,” adds the author.
In contrast, Cruz has raised approximately $30 million since early 2017 according to FEC filings.
Despite O’Rourke’s deep pockets, Sen. Cruz maintains a slight lead in the Texas race; holding a five to seven point advantage in recent polls.