Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) holds a double-digit lead over failed presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke in a hypothetical head-to-head gubernatorial, according to a poll from the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin.
The poll found that 47 percent of the registered Texas voters said they would vote for Abbott, 10 percent more than the gun-grabbing Democrat O’Rourke, who has had failed in his last two campaign attempts — losing against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2018 and a failed presidential bid in 2020.
Forty-four percent of the respondents said they approve of how the two-term Republican governor has handed his job, while 17 percent of those respondents said they “strongly approve.” In comparison, 42 percent disapproved of how Abbott has handled his job. There was 12 percent said “neither,” with four percent who said, “don’t know enough/no opinion.”
Only 36 percent of the respondents had a favorable option of O’Rourke, while a higher percentage, 43 percent, found him unfavorable. Fourteen percent said “neither,” with six percent who said, “don’t know enough/no opinion.”
Abbott has the support of former President Donald Trump, but O’Rourke recently said he wants incompetent, unlikeable President Joe Biden to stay away from his campaign, because he knows Biden is not someone you want in your corner.