Poll: Cruz leads O'Rourke by 10 points in Texas Senate race

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Senate GOP votes to permanently ban earmarks Jim Carrey fires back at 'Joe McCarthy wanna-be' Cruz MORE (R) holds a 10-point lead over his Senate challenger Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtiegieg backs NFL players' right to protest during anthem: I 'put my life on the line to defend' that Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan CNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC MORE (D) with just a week left until Election Day, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Cruz leads O'Rourke 52 percent to 42 percent among likely voters in the poll conducted by conservative-leaning Dixie Strategies and CBS 11.

The 10-point margin shows Cruz with an expanded lead from a September poll by the same organizations, which found the incumbent leading by 4 points.

In the poll released Tuesday, Cruz leads by 21 points among men, 59 percent to 38 percent. Among women polled, 49 percent preferred Cruz, while 44 percent backed O'Rourke.

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The incumbent GOP senator holds a sizable 66 percent to 31 percent lead over O'Rourke among white voters surveyed.

Meanwhile, O'Rourke has an advantage among black voters, with 69 percent backing him compared to 31 percent backing Cruz. O'Rourke also leads Cruz among Hispanic voters, 53 percent to 41 percent, according to the poll.

And in the Texas gubernatorial race, the survey showed incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott (R) with a healthy 59 percent to 33 percent lead over his Democratic opponent Lupe Valdez.

The Dixie/CBS poll surveyed 588 likely voters from Oct. 25-26 and has a margin of error of 4.04 percentage points.

While the Texas Senate race has attracted national attention thanks in part to O'Rourke's viral speeches and impressive fundraising totals, a slew of recent polls have shown Cruz with a comfortable lead in the race.

The RealClearPolitics polling index shows Cruz with a 7-point lead in the race.

The national GOP has mobilized to aid Cruz in what has been a reliably Republican state, with President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE hosting a campaign rally for the senator last week in Houston.