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

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFiorina: Biden picking Harris for VP 'a smart choice' Russian news agency pushed video of Portland protestors burning a Bible: report After trillions in tax cuts for the rich, Republicans refuse to help struggling Americans MORE (R) holds a 10-point lead over his Senate challenger Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump 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 TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE hosting a campaign rally for the senator last week in Houston.