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Abbott Holds Lead in Texas Poll, GOP’s Embattled Paxton in Tie

  • Texan voters credit Abbott with overseeing a strong economy
  • But majority of respondents say state is on the wrong path
Greg Abbott 

Greg Abbott 

Photographer: Shelby Tauber/Bloomberg

Texas Governor Greg Abbott maintained a mid-single-digit lead over his Democratic challenger ahead of November’s election while Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton was in a statistical tie with his opponent, according to a new poll.

Abbott had a seven-point advantage over Beto O’Rourke, the former US congressman from El Paso who is seeking to deny the incumbent a third term in office, according to the Dallas Morning News and University of Texas at Tyler poll. While Abbott received high marks for the economy, his stance on guns was less popular with voters and a majority of respondents said Texas is headed in the wrong direction.