Like several other governors across the nation, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is up for reelection. Challenging Abbott is Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke who has a pretty solid track record of losing political races.
O’Rourke ran unsuccessful campaigns for both the US Senate and even the presidency. Nevertheless, Texas Democrats nominated O’Rourke to challenge Abbott this go-around, deeming him as the party’s best chance.
It’s not looking good for the Texas Democrat, however. Despite multiple campaign strategies from lying about his policies to hijacking a press conference in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting, O’Rourke is barely a blip on Abbott’s radar.
Not only has the Texas governor outraised his left-wing rival, but he also continues to enjoy a steady lead over O’Rourke in various polls.
The Latest on the Texas 2022 Governor’s Race
A new poll run by UT Tyler and Dallas Morning News shows O’Rourke carrying 39% of Texas voters’ support. Meanwhile, Abbott enjoys an 11-point lead with 50% of Texans backing him for reelection.
A further breakdown of the poll also shows just how well Abbott is doing compared to O’Rourke. 54% of Texans believe their governor will do a “fair” job of living up to his campaign promises. Yet, just 49% believe this about O’Rourke.
NEW POLL: Greg Abbott holds 11-Point lead over Beto O'Rourke among likely voters in Texas Governor Race
(R) Greg Abbott 50% (+11)
(D) Beto O'Rourke 39%
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) September 19, 2022
Likewise, on policies involving crime reduction, electric grid management, border security, school improvements, and economic improvements, Abbott is leading O’Rourke.
The focal points of O’Rourke’s campaign for governor in Texas have been abortion and gun control. Though the data shows these are not as important to Lone Star State voters as other issues where Abbott is more trusted.
Running on His Record
Like other GOP incumbent governors across the country, Abbott is using his own record in office to make the case for his election. In many ways, this gives him yet another advantage over O’Rourke since the latter doesn’t have a similar background to fall upon.
Lately, the Texas governor’s also been making headlines for having illegal immigrants who enter his state rerouted to leftist sanctuary cities.
Texas National Guard soldiers intercept illegal activity & apprehend individuals attempting to enter Texas illegally.
By land, air, & sea, Texas continues to secure our southern border. pic.twitter.com/PZXC0PNdV9
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 19, 2022
Polling continues to show that Abbott fares better with Independents than O’Rourke does, which yet again works to the governor’s benefit. Unsurprisingly, O’Rourke’s support is strongest among Texas Democrats, but this alone isn’t enough to get him into the governor’s mansion.