No change as Cruz leads O’Rourke by 9 points in Quinnipiac Poll

Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke

AUSTIN (KXAN) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz held his 9-point lead against Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll of likely voters released Thursday. 

The results, showing 54 percent for Cruz and 45 percent for O’Rourke, were the same as the poll conducted on Sept. 18, also of likely voters. 

Most Important Issue for U.S. Senate vote
  • Immigration: 26 percent
  • Economy: 19 percent
  • Health Care: 17 percent
  • U.S. Supreme Court: 16 percent

“Is the Beto bubble bursting or just hissing away with a slow leak?” Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director Peter A. Brown said, adding O’Rourke has appeared to “hit a wall” and that Cruz “would have to suffer a major collapse for him to lose.”

However, when broken down by gender, the numbers have widened somewhat. About 62 percent of men support Cruz and 37 percent support O’Rourke, compared to 57-42 percent in September. Women are now favoring O’Rourke 52-46 percent. In September, women were divided with 50 percent for Cruz and 48 percent for O’Rourke.

According to the poll, 96 percent of likely voters in Texas say their minds are made up when it comes to whom they will support for the U.S. Senate seat.

Black and Hispanic likely voters are still favoring O’Rourke, while Cruz is more popular among white voters.

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