MARTINSBURG, W.V. – GOP Sen. Ted Cruz has a comfortable lead over Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke in the Texas Senate race, according to a poll released just hours before voters cast ballots.
The Trafalgar Group poll found that 52 percent of the respondents said they support Cruz, compared with 43 percent who said they support O’Rourke. Meanwhile, 1 percent said they support a third-party candidate and about 4 percent said they are not sure whom they support.
The sampling included 2,135 likely voters and was carried out Saturday through Monday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.
The Trafalgar survey appears to be an outlier as many recent polls showed Cruz with a slim lead over O’Rourke.
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 to now-President Donald Trump.
O’Rourke, 46, has served in Congress since 2013 and is regarded as a moderate liberal.
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.
Texas polls are open today 7 a.m.-7 p.m. CST.