Ted Cruz leads Beto O'Rourke 54 to 45, new poll says

Elias Hubbard
September 19, 2018

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced this silly line of attack against his Democratic rival, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, at a campaign rally on Saturday, responding to PETA handing out barbecued tofu outside.

Willie Nelson didn't mince words when asked about a conservative backlash over his support for Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic congressman from Texas now running for Senate.

Released Tuesday, the survey found Cruz with 54 percent support and O'Rourke, an El Paso congressman, with 45 percent.

This is the first survey of likely voters in this race by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll, and cannot be compared to earlier surveys of registered voters.

Women are divided as 50 percent back Cruz and 48 percent back O'Rourke.

Notably, 93 percent of likely voters told the pollster their minds are made up when it comes to who they will vote for. "These numbers may calm that talk", said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. Most O'Rourke voters ranked healthcare as their most important issue, followed by the Supreme Court, while Cruz supporters chose the economy or immigration. Quinnipiac previously polled registered voters three times, finding Cruz ahead by 6 points in August, 11 in May and 3 in April.

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