Senate Race: O’Rourke closing the gap, Cruz leads by one point

Posted at 6:40 AM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 06:49:43-04

The Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke is neck and neck. A new poll shows Cruz leading O’Rourke by one percentage point, which is well within the margin of error.

The survey was released Monday and finds Cruz leading O’Rourke 38 to 37 percent in the Texas Senate race. Four percent of voters favor another candidate and 21 percent remain undecided, according to the Emerson College poll.

Just last week, an NBC News-Marist survey found Cruz leading O’Rourke by 4 points.

O’Rourke leads Cruz 45% to 25% among independents. A generational divide shows between Cruz and O’Rourke voters, as O’Rourke leads Cruz by 19 points among 18-34 year old voters. However, Cruz has a 14 point lead with those 55-74 and a 22 point lead in voters over the age of 75, according to the survey.

The survey comes as O’Rourke continues to gain momentum in his quest to unseat Cruz. He recently received national attention for his response in support of NFL players protesting social injustice and will appear on The Ellen Show next week.

Meanwhile, Cruz has vowed to keep Texas “very, very red” in the Senate race.

Texas has not elected a Democrat to the Senate in over three decades.