Politics

Gov. Greg Abbott’s lead over Beto O’Rourke narrows to 6 points, poll finds

The mass shooting in Uvalde and the overturning of Roe v. Wade have laid the groundwork for a contentious final four months in the race.

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Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's lead over Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke narrowed to 6 points last month, according to a poll conducted by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. That's a smaller gap than when Republican George W. Bush ousted Democrat Ann Richards in 1994 with a 7.6-point win.

The political poll did not include specific questions related to the shooting in Uvalde, but it did ask participants to rate Abbott's performance on handling gun violence. About 36% of participants said they approve of how the governor has handled this issue, while 45% said they disapprove.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2022/07/06/greg-abbott-beto-orourke-poll-governor-2022/. The Texas Tribune is a member-supported, nonpartisan newsroom informing and engaging Texans on state politics and policy. Learn more at texastribune.org.