Cruz Pulls Ahead Of O’Rourke, Leads In Support From Women

Hanna Bogorowski | Reporter

An independent Quinnipiac University Poll released Tuesday found GOP Sen. Ted Cruz is ahead of Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke by nine percentage points among likely voters, and the incumbent senator is even leading among women in the Texas Senate race.

The survey of likely voters has Cruz leading with 54 percent support to O’Rourke’s 45 percent.

Republicans have historically struggled with the women vote, but Quinnipiac’s poll found Cruz leading O’Rourke by two points among women, 50-48 percent.

“The Texas U.S. Senate race between Sen. Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke, and Democratic hopes for an upset win there, have boosted talk of a Senate takeover,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a press release.

“These numbers may calm that talk,” Brown added.

This is the first survey of likely voters Quinnipiac has released in this race. The university polled registered voters on three other occasions, which also had Cruz in the lead but by smaller margins. (RELATED: Ted Cruz’s Challenger Dodges Debate Because He ‘Attempted To Dictate’ Too Much)

“Congressman O’Rourke may be drawing big crowds and media attention, but Texas likely voters like Sen. Cruz better,” Brown said.

Cruz is also leading among support from men, 57-42 percent.

White voters threw their support behind Cruz in this poll at 66-32 percent, while O’Rourke leads 97-3 percent among black voters and 54-45 percent among likely Hispanic voters.

O’Rourke, has received national attention in recent months over his comments on NFL national anthem kneelers as well as after details of his drunk driving incident in 1998 emerged.

This new poll added that 93 percent of voters have made up their minds.

Quinnipiac sampled 807 voters  from Sept. 11-17, and the poll has a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.

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