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Poll: Cruz Leads Beto O’Rourke among Hispanic Voters in Texas Senate Race

Senator Ted Cruz speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, May 10, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is leading democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke by two percentage points among Hispanic voters in his campaign for another term, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

The poll, which found that Cruz leads O’Rourke 46 to 44 percent among Hispanics, is a troubling sign for O’Rourke, who has tailored his campaign around his advocacy for racial minorities.

Equally troubling for the O’Rourke camp is the finding that Cruz has expanded his overall lead in the race from three points (47 percent to 44 percent) in April to a commanding eleven points (50 percent to 39 percent) today. O’Rourke, who currently represents El Paso as a member of the House, does however maintain a significant advantage among black voters, leading Cruz 70 percent to 15 percent.

Peter A. Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll, attributed much of Cruz’s newfound success to a general improvement in public opinion of the national Republican party.

“Senator Ted Cruz, apparently benefiting from a nationwide Republican mini-move, has taken a solid lead in his reelection race,” Brown said. “President Donald Trump’s Texas numbers also have climbed during those six weeks, moving from a nine-point deficit on job approval to an even split today. It is hard not to see a pro-Cruz effect there.”

“Finally, U.S. representative Beto O’Rourke’s lead among independent voters has shrunk,” Brown added. “Senator Cruz has improved his standing among some key groups, including independent voters, Hispanic voters, and men.”

O’Rourke, who has been held up by left-leaning media as Democrats’ best chance in years to “turn Texas blue,” appears to be struggling with name recognition: 50 percent of those surveyed did not know who he was.

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