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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott holds a 15-point lead against Democrat challenger Beto O’Rourke, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Abbott enjoys a 47-37 lead among Independents, which provides a sizeable portion of the lead.


Fifty-four percent of voters said O’Rourke is too liberal. Forty-one percent said Abbott is too conservative.

Check out these numbers when voters were asked about six specific issues:

*The economy – Abbott 60 percent; O’Rourke 32 percent
*Gun policy – Abbott 60 percent; O’Rourke 33 percent
*Southern border – Abbott 58 percent; O’Rourke 35 percent
*Election laws – Abbott 55 percent; O’Rourke 40 percent
*COVID response – Abbott 54 percent; O’Rourke 39 percent
*Abortion – Abbott 49 percent; O’Rourke 41 percent

When asked what the most urgent issue facing Texas is, the border came in first at 33 percent. The economy was second at 11 percent.

“In the swirl of worries Texas faces from abortion to COVID-19 to the economy, far and away, nothing is of more concern than that 1,254-mile line of demarcation between Mexico and the Lone Star State and all the issues that come with it,” said Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy.


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