In April, it looked as though Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was in trouble in November’s election; a Quinnipiac poll found Cruz garnering 47% of voters while 44% favored his opponent, Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
But it appears the more familiar Texans get with O’Rourke, the less they like him. On Wednesday, Quinnipiac released a new poll showing Cruz had gained a percentage point and now garnered 50% of voters, but O’Rourke had slid dramatically down to 39%.
In the April poll, O’Rourke received 87% of Democrats’ support and 51% of Independents; 88% of GOP voters liked Cruz. Men preferred Cruz 51%-40%; women preferred O’Rourke 47%-44%. But the May 30 poll showed Cruz surging among men, with a 57%-35% lead. He also surged with women; he now leads 44%-42%.
Cruz’s greatest surge, though, came among Hispanics; O’Rourke had a huge 51%-33% lead in April, but now Cruz leads 46%-44%. O’Rourke has slipped with blacks, from garnering 78% in April to 70% now.