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Texas Governor Abbott Leads O’Rourke by 5 Points in Latest Poll

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 has a 5-point lead over Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke ahead of November’s election, showing a surprisingly tight race given that no Democrat has won statewide office since 1994. 

Nearly half, or 49%, of likely voters support Abbott, the two-term Republican, versus 44% for former congressman O’Rourke, according to a poll from the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston released Wednesday.