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Beto O’Rourke announced Monday that he is challenging Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in the state’s 2022 gubernatorial race — but recent polling suggests the former congressman and presidential candidate is at war against the GOP. are facing an uphill battle in the field of , which are still favored to win. Despite a string of controversial policies recently.

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Abbott gave O’Rourke a . advanced by nine points in vote Organized by the University of Texas at Austin on October 22–31, 46% of registered voters said they would vote for Abbott and 37% would support O’Rourke.

Abbott had a small one point lead in a poll driven By the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation and Rice University on October 14–27, 43% supported Abbott and 42% said they would vote for O’Rourke.

O’Rourke’s support slipped when actor Matthew McConaughey, who was considering a gubernatorial run, was included as a third-party candidate, with 40% supporting Abbott, 37% supporting O’Rourke. did and 9% planned to vote for McConaughey.

A September survey conducted by Dallas Morning News And the University of Texas-Tyler found that 37% would vote for O’Rourke and 42% would vote for Abbott.

McConaughey would have won that poll if he ran as the Democratic nominee instead of O’Rourke, however, 44% support versus 35% who said they would vote for Abbott in a face-to-face matchup.

Support for O’Rourke has increased since the summer, when July Dallas Morning News/Texas-Tyler University poll led Abbott by 12 points, with 45% supporting Republicans and 33% supporting O’Rourke.

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