In 2013, then San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro boasted to CBS News that Texas would turn blue within a decade. However, recent polls suggest that his prediction has fallen flat.
Poll shows double-digit lead
Conducted by BluePrint Polling from June 8 to 10 among 603 voters, it reported that some 48.5% of participants indicated they would definitely support Abbott while another 7% said they are leaning in his direction.
In contrast, just 32.9 of those polled said they definitely plan on casting a ballot for O’Rourke whereas another 4.3 are leaning towards doing so.
This means Abbott has the backing of 56% if committed or leaning voters compared with O’Rourke’s total of 37%. Another 7% remain undecided.
The Republican governor’s 19-point advantage is 12 points better than the figure he had in another survey carried out by the University of Texas at Tyler between May 2 and May 10.
Conducted among 1,232 registered voters, that poll put Abbott’s support level at 46% compared with 39% for his Democratic opponent.
Newsweek noted that O’Rourke “is facing an uphill battle” in Texas, a state where no members of his party has won the governorship in over three decades. This is the former congressman’s third run for elected office since leaving the House of Representatives in recent years.
Republican wins special election in historically Democratic House district
O’Rourke’s lagging poll numbers are not the only troubling sign for Texas Democrats, as on Tuesday Republican House candidate Mayra Flores carried a historically Democratic district.
“First and foremost I thank God for the blessing of the opportunity to serve the people of Texas’ 34th Congressional District,” Flores told Fox News Digital in a statement following her win.
“I look forward to standing strong for our conservative values of faith, family, and freedom and to earning the opportunity to serve our community further in the months to come,” she added.