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Cruz Leads O'Rourke in New Senate Poll

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is narrowly leading his Democratic challenger, Beto O'Rourke, in a hypothetical poll for the November general election in Texas.

In a new poll released by Qunnipiac University, Cruz, an attorney and the Republican incumbent, is leading O'Rourke, an El Paso businessman and congressman, 47 percent to 44 percent. In the poll, Republicans and Democrats heavily split down party lines, while a majority of independent voters broke for Beto O'Rourke, 51 percent to 37 percent.

The poll also showed incumbent Governor Greg Abbott leading both of the Democrats who are looking to oust him in November. Abbott led Lupe Valdez, a former sheriff, 49 percent to 40 percent. Abbott also led Andrew White, a Houston businessman, 48 percent to 41 percent.

Both polls did not include the Libertarian nominees for the offices. Neal Dikeman, a venture capitalist, won the Libertarian nomination for the U.S. Senate over the weekend, and Mark Tippetts, a Lago Vista City Councilman, is the Libertarian nominee for governor.

Photos by AOL, KUT

Photos by AOL, KUT

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