With a month to go until Texans choose who will be their next Governor, current Texas Gov. Greg Abbott still holds a substantial lead over Democrat Beto O'Rourke.
According to the latest polls from the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, 45% of Texans intend to vote for Greg Abbott. This compares with 40% who would prefer Beto O'Rourke to be the next Governor of Texas.
Abbott has had a consistent lead over Beto despite Beto raising more funds and doing an extensive drive across Texas for the last few months.
It is worth noting that 8% of Texans polled were still undecided on who they would vote for, so Beto's chances may lie in convincing the undecided voters to choose him.
Looking at where voters live, it seems that Beto is the preferred candidate in the major cities, while Abbott holds favor in rural areas. The polls show that 51% of voters in urban areas will vote for Beto as opposed to just 32% for Abbott.
But Abbott is very popular in rural areas. For example, 61% of rural voters will place their vote for Abbott, while only 26% of rural voters will select Beto. This is despite Beto's drive for Texas campaigning in many small rural towns.
Do you think Beto can close the 5% gap in the next month? Or do you believe that Greg Abbott will win a third term as Texas Governor?
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