A new Quinnipiac University poll (4/12-17; 1,029 TX registered voters) finds Sen. Ted Cruz (R) leading Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) only 47-44% in a prelude to the general election. But, many inconsistencies are present in the poll, particularly when observing that Sen. Cruz is viewed as handling every issue better than O’Rourke. The sampling discrepancy appears in the Independent category, which breaks hard for O’Rourke and is grouped at a higher rate than both Republicans and Democrats. Thus, the results suggest the data may be skewed.
While clear that Rep. O’Rourke will have the resources to compete with Sen. Cruz, it is still highly doubtful that he can overcome Cruz’s inherent Republican advantages once the campaign fully plays out for November. Both Sen. Cruz and Rep. O’Rourke won their respective party nominations outright in the March 6th Texas primary election.
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