New poll shows Abbott vs. O’Rourke race as ‘a tossup’

Gov. Greg Abbott, left, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke.
Gov. Greg Abbott, left, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke.(Credit: The Texas Tribune)
Published: Oct. 23, 2022 at 12:49 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) - A new Beacon Research Poll shows the Texas Gubernatorial race as a tossup among voters as early voting begins in Texas.

The poll shows incumbent Republican Texas governor Greg Abbott (48%) with a three point lead against Democratic nominee Beto O’Rourke (45%) among 1,264 registered Texas voters.

The poll was conducted Oct. 15-19 and included voters in between the ages of 18 to 65 and older.

The five most important issues facing the state according to voters are immigration/border security (22%), the economy/jobs/inflation (21%), attacks on our democracy (17%), abortion (16%), and gun laws/school safety (13%), states Beacon Research.

“On the eve of Early Voting in Texas, our new non-partisan poll shows that the Texas Gubernatorial race is a tossup. Both Governor Abbott and Beto O’Rourke have roughly an equal chance to come out on top, making this a real turnout and ground game contest,” said the Democratic Policy Institute.

Early voting in Texas is from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4.