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Three Texas Incumbents Facing Close Contests in New Poll

Election day is right around the corner and three Texas Republican incumbents are facing close races following the Labor Day holiday.

In a new poll released by CBS Fort Worth, conducted by Dixie Strategies, the top Republican on the ballot is facing tightening poll numbers. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican, won 46 percent in the poll compared to Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke’s 42 percent. Libertarian Neal M. Dikeman won about 1 percent of support in that race.

For Lieutenant Governor, Republican incumbent Dan Patrick is facing tightening polls. Patrick, a Republican who is seeking his second term in office, earned 45 percent in the poll versus Democrat Mike Collier’s 39 percent. Libertarian Kerry Douglas McKennon won about 2 percent of declared support.

The state’s top attorney is also facing a tightening race. Ken Paxton, a Republican seeking his second term in office, pulled in 45 percent in the new poll. Democrat Justin Nelson earned about 39 percent of support and Libertarian Michael Ray Harris won about 2 percent.

In other measured contests, Governor Greg Abbott and Land Commissioner George P. Bush are solidly ahead.

Abbott won 53 percent of support in the survey over Democrat Lupe Valdez at 34 percent. Libertarian Mark Tippetts won 1 percent. Bush pulled in 46 percent, ahead of Democrat Miguel Suazo at 30 percent and Libertarian Matt Pina at 3 percent.

Five hundred and nineteen “likely” voters were measured for this poll.

Sen. Ted Cruz  Photo by Ted Cruz Campaign

Sen. Ted Cruz

Photo by Ted Cruz Campaign

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