Washington, D.C. — A new poll of likely voters in Texas, commissioned by End Citizens United (ECU) and conducted by GBA strategies, shows that Beto O’Rourke continues to hold steady in one of the closest Senate races in the country, 46 – 50. As described by GBA Strategies, “Texas is behaving like a truly competitive state this year, with a close generic ballot and Trump’s personal standing treading water.” Click here to see the full polling.
This is the fifth poll ECU has conducted in the race. In January, O’Rourke was within eight points of Cruz, 37-45 percent. By June, O’Rourke had moved to within six points, 43-49 percent. In July, he closed the gap to four points, 42-46 percent. The latest poll is in line with ECU’s poll from four weeks ago that also had him within the margin of error.
“No one needs to be convinced that Beto has the energy and momentum on his side,”said ECU President Tiffany Muller. “Two years ago, you would be hard pressed to find anyone saying Texas is in play, but Beto’s message of rejecting PAC money and running a people-powered campaign has helped close the gap and today put all eyes on Texas.
The poll also finds that money in politics has played a pivotal role in the race with 37 percent of Texas voters saying that they would be more likely to support a candidate who doesn’t accept corporate PAC money, including 40 percent of independents and 25 percent of Republicans.
GBA Strategies surveyed 1,000 Texas voters from October 18-21. The margin of error is +/- 4%.
Based on his record of fighting for reform and his decision to reject all PAC money, Beto O’Rourke was the first challenger ECU endorsed in the 2018 midterms. For O’Rourke, ECU was his first national endorsement. ECU’s grassroots members have donated over $350,000 to O’Rourke’s campaign, averaging just $13 per contribution. Beto is one of only a handful of members of Congress to reject all PAC money, a decision that has made him a leader of a growing trend, with 133 no corporate PAC candidates advancing to the general election.
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