A new poll of Texas voters shows that Republican Ted Cruz is leading his Democrat challenger, Colin Allred, in the race for the U.S. Senate seat. 

The poll conducted by Marist College has Cruz currently leading Allred by six percentage points among Texas’ registered voters. Among independent voters, Cruz leads Allred by eight percentage points. 

Additionally, 45 percent of Texas residents have a favorable opinion of Cruz, while a majority of residents—53 percent—have either never heard of Allred or are unsure how to rate him.

After winning the Republican nomination, Cruz’s campaign announced a new coalition called “Democrats for Cruz” in an effort to get Democrats to cross party lines and re-elect him into office.

The coalition is comprised of local sheriffs, former and current elected officials, students, and more who have voted Democrat in the past but feel the party is no longer working in their best interest.

Meanwhile, Allred has claimed he will be the senator to bring Texans together but has come under fire for far-left comments about the border wall and the Second Amendment. 

The Marist poll also took a look at the 2024 Presidential election. In 2020, former President Donald Trump carried Texas by about five-and-a-half percentage points. Now, the poll shows Trump holds an 11 percentage point lead over current President Joe Biden among registered Texas voters. Among Independents, Trump received 56 percent of the vote compared to 41 percent for Biden. 

If Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. earns ballot status in Texas, Trump will have a 12-percentage point lead over Biden.  

“In a three-candidate race, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is yet to achieve ballot status in Texas, Trump (48%) has a 12-percentage point lead over Biden (36%) among the Texas electorate. Kennedy receives 15% of the vote,” reads the release. 

Election Day is November 5, 2024.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.