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Texas Governor Race Tightens With Gun Policy and Abortion Debate

  • Abbott’s lead over O’Rourke has narrowed to 6% from 11%
  • Most Texans don’t support a total ban on abortion procedures
Beto O'Rourke, left, and Greg Abbott
Beto O'Rourke, left, and Greg AbbottPhotographer: Brandon Bell and Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s lead over his Democratic challenger ahead of November’s election has narrowed amid a contentious debate on gun control and abortion policy in the Lone Star State.

About 45% of registered voters are in favor of electing the Republican Abbott to a third term, while 39% support his Democratic opponent, Beto O’Rourke, according to a University of Texas and Texas Politics Project poll released Wednesday. The results indicate a tighter gubernatorial race than just two months ago when a similar poll showed Abbott with an 11-point lead.