With just days to go before Election Day, new polling suggests that Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) is starting to gain on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after weeks of numbers suggesting the incumbent was starting to run away with the high-profile Senate race.
O’Rourke, who’s looking to become the first Democratic senator from Texas in 25 years, now trails Cruz by only 3 points among likely voters, 50 percent to 47 percent, according to a new Emerson College poll released Thursday.
The poll was conducted from Oct. 28 to Oct. 30, and Cruz’s lead is well within the margin of error, which shows the race tightening ahead of November 6.
A similar survey from the University of Texas at Tyler released Wednesday backs up Emerson’s findings, with the surging Democrat trailing Cruz by just 3.6 percentage points among likely voters.
O’Rourke might have garnered national attention and high-profile endorsements, but October polling saw the Cruz campaign pulling away in the polls, with some surveys showing the incumbent with a commanding 10-point lead.
Cruz has long been considered the favorite to walk away as the winner on Tuesday despite Texas seemingly growing bluer with each election.
However, thanks to the excitement that O’Rouke’s campaign has generated across the state, the Cook Political Report recently moved the race from “leans Republican” to “toss-up.”
“There’s a possibility it could happen. I’m not saying probable. But it’s possible,” Larry Sabato, the director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, told Reuters regarding the Texas senate race.