Cruz Still Leads in Texas

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U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke appears to be picking up ground in the polls as we approach the one week mark before the 2018 midterm elections. Ted Cruz, though the incumbent is clinging to a 5-point lead in a Quinnipiac University Poll released Monday. "O'Rourke is within striking distance, but time is running out in a race that Democrats have hoped would deliver an upset victory that would be key to a Senate takeover", said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

With a 51-46 race eight days before Election Day, the El Paso congressman has cut Cruz's lead almost in half in the last three weeks.

Independent voters prefer the Democrat 56 percent to 40 percent.

In the latest, 49 percent of respondents said they would vote for Cruz, while 44 percent said they would vote for O'Rourke.

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Men are lining up behind Cruz, 56,39 percent, and women are supporting Cruz, 52-45 percent.

White voters back Cruz 67 - 30 percent.

"Senator Cruz is ahead due to his winning the gender gap".

Three percent of those surveyed are undecided and only 2 percent of those who did express a preference said that they could change their minds before they voted.

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Pollsters called 1,078 self-identified likely voters from Oct.22 through October 28.

These numbers reflect the amount raised since O'Rourke entered the race previous year.

President Donald Trump was in Texas to rally support for Cruz last week, and the start of the polling period.

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