A University of Texas at Tyler poll for the Dallas Morning News (11/9-16; 1,106 TX registered voters) finds actor Michael McConaughey, should he run for Governor as an Independent, doing well statewide. According to the ballot test results, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) would lead McConaughey and former US Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), 37-27-26%, respectively in a three-way race.
By a margin of 49-37%, however, the respondents said they would be more likely to support McConaughey than O’Rourke. If McConaughey and Gov. Abbott were paired, the actor would lead 43-35%. In a more likely Abbott-O’Rourke general election, the Governor would hold a 45-39% advantage.
It is not unusual to see a celebrity doing well in polling when considering running for a public office. When such individuals actually announce and begin the race in earnest, their numbers typically fall.
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