Cruz leads ORourke 54 to 45 in latest Texas Senate race poll

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Only 1 percent of those polled were undecided. Cruz leads O'Rourke among likely voters 54 to 45 percent. Cruz spokeswoman Emily Miller, who once called O'Rourke a "triple meat Whataburger liberal", echoed Cruz's barbecue line, just to show he wasn't entirely joking, tweeting: "Texas on the brink of #AbolishBBQ if voters don't #KeepTexasRed". "PETA is confident that once Ted Cruz tastes how delicious tofu can be, he'll want to see it in every Texas pot", the statement said. "These numbers may calm that talk". O', who is challenging the notion that a liberal Democrat can not win statewide in Texas and has pulled even in the race, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Quinnipiac also surveyed the governor's race in the most recent poll and continued to find a much less competitive contest, with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott leading Democratic opponent Lupe Valdez by 19 points. Not only is the youthful, social-media-friendly O'Rourke running within a few points of him in the polls, Cruz has seemed to lob one bum grenade after another.

According to the poll, voters approve of the job Cruz is doing 53-44 percent and Cruz has a 52 percent favorability rating. Fifty-two percent of likely voters said they like Cruz to 43 percent who said they do not, while the split was a more divided 43-42 for O'Rourke.

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"Larry Sabato, director of the U.Va. Center for Politics, said Cruz's feuds with Trump during the 2016 presidential election tarnished his reputation with some Texas Republicans", writes the Washington Examiner.

The latest Quinnipiac survey was conducted from September 11 to September 17 and reached 807 likely voters using live interviews on landlines and cell phones. That's within the survey's margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 points.

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