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Texas Governor Abbott Holds Lead Over O’Rourke in New Poll

  • O’Rourke has been unable to close the gap with weeks left
  • Abbott and O’Rourke will face off in a debate on Sept. 30
Beto O'Rourke, left, and Greg Abbott
Beto O'Rourke, left, and Greg AbbottPhotographer: Brandon Bell and Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott is holding his lead over Democrat Beto O’Rourke with nine weeks until the election, a new poll showed.

Abbott, 64, had a lead of 7 percentage points over O’Rourke, 49% to 42%, according to a joint survey by the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston and Texas Southern University. A similar poll from July showed Abbott ahead by 5 points.