Texas governor poll: Gov. Abbott extending his lead over Beto O'Rourke as election day approaches

exas Gov. Greg Abbott is extending his lead over Democrat challenger Beto O'Rourke, according to a newly released University of Texas - Texas Politics Project poll.

The poll shows Gov. Abbott with an 11-point lead, 54% to 43%, over O'Rourke among likely voters in the 2022 election.

The newest survey talked to 883 people who ranked their likelihood of voting in November's election as a 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale from Oct. 7-17. 

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Libertarian candidate Mark Tippets and Green Party candidate Delilah Barrios each earned support of 1% of voters.

The UT-Texas Politics Project did a similar poll among registered voters in early September that showed Abbott with a 5-point lead.

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Texas Lieutenant Governor Race Poll

The UT-Texas Politics poll also shows Republican Lt. Governor Dan Patrick with a strong lead over Democrat challenger Mike Collier.

Patrick leads Collier by 15-points, 51% to 36%, in their rematch, according to the poll.

Libertarian candidate Shanna Steele received support from 5% of people surveyed. 

Texas Attorney General Race Poll

In the Texas Attorney General race incumbent Ken Paxton leads over Democrat Rochelle Garza, according to the UT-Texas Politics Poll.

Paxton holds a 14-point lead over Garza, 51% to 37%, according to the poll.

Libertarian candidate Mark Ash saw support from 4% of those surveyed.

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Early voting in this year's election begins on Monday, Oct. 24 and runs through Nov. 4. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.