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Senator Cruz Holds Lead in Texas Senate Race

In the first Texas Senate poll published since mid-September, CBS YouGov found that incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz holds a six-point lead over Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke, a congressman from El Paso.

Senator Ted Cruz

50% of Texans will support Ted Cruz and 44% will support Beto O'Rourke, with 78% of voters having firmly made up their minds. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.9 points.

This comes after O'Rourke, embroiled in several scandals, participated in a debate with Cruz, who challenged his positions on law enforcement, immigration, and Second Amendment rights.

Voters see Cruz as being better on all four issues presented to them: healthcare, immigration, gun policy, and crime. This comes as 48% of Texans see gangs and gang violence as a "big problem" in their state and 63% see illegal immigration as a "big problem" in their state.

Cruz's race is rated as a "tossup" by RealClearPolitics, but he has held a large lead in most September and October polls (including a 9% lead with Quinnipiac). Additionally, according to RCP, Cruz hasn't trailed in any poll since the race commenced.