A new poll released by Defend Texas Liberty PAC shows Republican candidate Alex Mealer with a four-point lead over Democrat incumbent Lina Hidalgo in the contentious race for Harris County judge.

The poll, which surveyed nearly 1,000 likely election voters, has Mealer leading 48 percent to Hidalgo’s 44 percent.

Among the top issues defining the race in the state’s most populous county have been Hidalgo’s efforts on so-called “bail reform,” which have led to dangerous criminals being released into the streets. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed said they believed the reform was leading to higher crime, while only 19 percent disagreed.

Mealer has made the issue of public safety a centerpiece of her campaign, highlighting that Harris County’s total crime is up by 132 percent, with violent crime 224 percent above the national average.

“Leftist politicians are far out of step with the Texans they are supposed to represent, which is why so many voters disapprove of liberal Lina Hidalgo,” Jonathan Stickland, the leader of Defend Texas Liberty PAC, stated. “I am encouraged to see that Harris County is ready for a change, and can’t wait to see Alex Mealer bring the change they deserve.”

The same poll also shows O’Rourke with a two-point lead over Abbott in Harris County, 48 percent to 46 percent. Election Day is November 8.

The full poll may be viewed here. 

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens