Twenty years ago this November, Texas voters gave Republicans complete control of state government. That trend looks to continue in 2022, based on new polling from the University of Texas/ Texas Politics Project.

The new poll shows Gov. Greg Abbott with an 11-point lead over Robert “Beto” O’Rourke just three days ahead of early voting getting underway for the Nov. 8 General Election.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton enjoy 15 point and 14 point leads, respectively over their Democrat challengers.

“Voters’ assessments of which issues are most important to their vote in this year’s election suggests that the issues promoted by Gov. Abbott and other Republican candidates are foremost in Texas voters’ minds with in-person early voting starting next week,” wrote Jim Henson and Joshua Blank about their poll’s findings.

That trend continues among the other statewide officials, according to the pollsters.

Comptroller Glenn Hegar leads his Democrat challenger by 12 points, as does Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. The Republican candidate for Land Commissioner, Sen. Dawn Buckingham, leads her Democrat opponent by 11 points.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."


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