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Gov. Abbott has 13 point lead over Beto O’Rourke, new UH Hobby School poll finds

A survey of 1,200 likely voters from the University of Houston’s Hobby School conducted during the first week of early voting reveals a comfortable lead for Governor Greg Abbott over Beto O’Rourke.

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Beto O’Rourke will face Greg Abbott in the November election.

A survey of 1,200 likely voters from the University of Houston's Hobby School conducted during the first week of early voting reveals a comfortable lead for Governor Greg Abbott over Beto O'Rourke.

With only four percent saying they're undecided, Abbott has a 13-point lead over his Democratic challenger. However, other contests like the race for Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and Comptroller are tighter when factoring in the number who haven’t chosen a candidate yet.

Hobby School of Public Affairs Executive Director Renee Cross says that is likely the result of candidates in other races not having as much name recognition.

"Governor Abbott and O'Rourke are well-known. There's only between one and two percent of the likely voters who don't know enough about them to have an opinion,” Cross said. “Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton are relatively well known as well. There's only 15 percent who don't know enough about them, but after that name recognition craters. It's 51 to 72 percent on all the other statewide positions."

The survey also looked at the top issues driving people to the polls in Texas.

“Even though inflation is actually a national issue, it ranks at the top with 32 percent of the people saying it is the most important issue.” Cross said.

Immigration was second and abortion third most important to likely voters. All other issues like public safety, racial equity and marijuana legalization all ranked in the single digits.

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