WASHINGTON – GOP Sen. Ted Cruz has a near double-digit lead over Democrat Rep. Beto O’ Rourke in the Texas Senate race, according to a poll released Thursday.
The Quinnipiac University poll found that 54 percent of the respondents said they support Cruz, compared with 45 percent who said they support O’Rourke.
Male voters said they favor Cruz 62 percent to 37 percent while female voters said they prefer O’Rourke 52 percent to 46 percent.
The sampling included 730 likely Texas voters and was carried out Oct. 3-9. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
Cruz, 47, has served in the Senate since 2013. He is regarded as one of the most conservative members of the upper chamber. Cruz ran for president in 2016 but lost the Republican nomination now-President Donald Trump.
O’Rourke, 46, has served in Congress since 2013 and is regarded as a moderate liberal.
He is a frequent critic of Trump, particularly on issues related to immigration.
For months recent polls showed Cruz and O’Rourke neck and neck.
Texas is reliably Republican.
Jimmy Carter was the last Democrat to carry the state in a presidential election. Trump won the state by 9 points in 2016.
Texas has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1988.