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Poll: Biden tops O'Rourke by 9 points in Texas

Poll: Biden tops O'Rourke by 9 points in Texas
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE leads former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) among Lone Star State 2020 presidential primary voters, according to a poll conducted by Emerson College for the Dallas Morning News.

In the poll released Tuesday, conducted among 1,033 registered voters from Aug. 1 to 3, Biden leads the Democratic White House field with 27.7 percent, followed by O’Rourke with 19 percent and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor GOP pulling out all the stops to delay COVID-19 package MORE (I-Vt.) with 15.7 percent.

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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPhilly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Senators question Bezos, Amazon about cameras placed in delivery vans MORE (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Increased security on Capitol Hill amid QAnon's March 4 date Biden to meet with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers face Capitol threat as senators line up votes for relief bill MORE (D) round out the top five, with 13.7 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively.

The poll was conducted just before the weekend’s mass shooting in El Paso, which killed 22 and prompted O’Rourke to leave the campaign trail to return to his hometown.

With the revelation that the suspect in the shooting is believed to have published a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto, O’Rourke has vocally condemned white supremacist rhetoric and accused President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE of amplifying talk of an “invasion” of migrants.

Tuesday's poll also showed no clear front-runner in the Democratic Senate primary to challenge Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Senators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal MORE (R-Texas) next year, with 51 percent of respondents saying they were unsure.

“Someone else” was the most popular choice among alternatives list, with 19 percent, followed by former Army helicopter pilot MJ Hegar, one of the highest-profile entrants into the race thus far, with 10 percent.

State Sen. Royce West, meanwhile, was at 8 percent, followed by former Rep. Chris Bell with 7 percent and Houston City Councilwoman Amanda Edwards with 5 percent.

However, the polling also indicated vulnerabilities for Cornyn, who has held his seat since 2003, finding he has a 37 percent approval rating, with 31 percent disapproval and 33 percent of Texans having no opinion.

By contrast, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had a 50 percent approval rating with 27 percent disapproval.