New polling numbers show comfortable lead for Abbott, other Republican candidates

Alyssa Mahoney

According to polling released Monday, Republican attorney general Greg Abbott has an 11-point lead over likely Democratic opponent state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth in a race for the governorship.

The polling, conducted jointly by UT and The Texas Tribune, suggest Abbott has increased his lead over Davis since the last poll was released in October. Data gathered suggested that, if the governor’s race were held today, 47 percent would vote for Abbott and 36 percent of voters would choose Davis, while 17 percent remain undecided.

The poll also showed that incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst leads his opponents in the Republican primary with 37 percent of the polled voters, with state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, in second with 31 percent. Dewhurst leads state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, in the general election for lieutenant governor 44 percent to 32 percent.

Incumbent U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s reelection bid was supported by 62 percent of likely voters, giving him an overwhelming 46-point lead over challenger Steve Stockman.

The survey of 1,200 adults was conducted from Feb. 7 to Feb. 17.

The election is still a long way off, with party primaries on March 4 and the general election on Nov. 4.