A new Emerson College poll shows the Texas Senate race in a virtual tie despite a reliably Republican-leaning electorate.
The poll found that Cruz leads O’Rourke 38-37, with 21 percent of voters undecided. The same poll found Republican Greg Abbott running away with the state’s gubernatorial race in a landslide.
Texas has not elected a Democrat to the Senate in three decades.
According to the poll, Cruz’s high unpopularity has opened the door for O’Rourke.
A whopping 44 percent of Texas voters have an unfavorable opinion of Cruz, included 57 percent of independent voters. By contrast, just 25 percent of voters have an unfavorable view of O’Rourke.
Despite the upward climb, the Cook Political Report noted O’Rourke’s improved odds earlier this month when they moved the race from its “likely Republican” column to “lean Republican.”
RealClearPolitics‘ aggregation of recent polls in the race shows O’Rourke consistently drawing closer to his incumbent opponent.