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

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSupreme Court faces landmark challenge on voting rights Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run Poll shows most GOP voters back Trump 2024 bid MORE (R) holds a 10-point lead over his Senate challenger Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTexas Republican criticizes Cruz for Cancun trip: 'When a crisis hits my state, I'm there' Progressives target 'Cancun Cruz' in ad to run on 147 Texas radio stations 'Get off TV': Critics blast Abbott over handling of Texas power outages following winter storm 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 TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE hosting a campaign rally for the senator last week in Houston.