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Texas Lyceum Poll Finds Voters Nearly Split on Gubernatorial Race

Nearly 20% of voters were either undecided or choosing someone other than Abbott or O'Rourke

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In November Texans will go to the polls to cast their vote for governor.

New poll results show it could be a tight race between incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke.

According to a Texas Lyceum poll, voters are nearly evenly split between Abbott and O'Rourke with 42% choosing Abbott and 40% picking O'Rourke.

Another 18% were undecided or said they'd support someone else.

"Given that this result originated from a sample of Texas adults, it should be unsurprising to find the pool of registered voters producing this result more diverse than the likely electorate. Self-identified registered voters from among the adult sample produced a potential electorate made up of 47% of white respondents when exit polling data in 2020, 2018, and 2016 found the electorate to be at least 56% white. Despite this, the result continues to find Abbott leading his Democratic challenger, at this, admittedly, very early stage in the contest," The Texas Lyceum said in a statement about the poll.

Some of the top issues voters were concerned about included the economy, housing costs and the war in Ukraine.

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