Cornyn less popular than Cruz in Texas: poll

Cornyn less popular than Cruz in Texas: poll
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Texas's senior senator, John CornynJohn CornynTensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' Congress feels heat to act on youth vaping Senate passes legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters MORE (R), has a lower approval rating in his home state than Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzLawmakers spar over surveillance flight treaty with Russia Senators voice support for Iran protesters but stop short of taking action Prisons chief: FBI investigating whether 'criminal enterprise' played role in Epstein death MORE (R-Texas), who narrowly won reelection in 2018's midterm elections, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found that 43 percent of Texas voters say they approve of the job Cornyn is doing in Washington, compared to 51 percent who said the same about Cruz.

More voters had no opinion about Cornyn's job performance than Cruz's, pollsters found, suggesting that fewer of them know the senior senator and his legislative record in the upper chamber.

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Cornyn's disapproval ratings were notably much lower than Cruz's: 26 percent of Texas voters disapprove of his performance, compared to 40 percent who disapprove of Cruz's performance.

The poll comes as former Texas Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE (D), who lost narrowly to Cruz in November, has said he is considering a run for the White House in 2020 and has been pressured to challenge Cornyn in Texas.

"I'm trying to figure out how I can best serve this country — where I can do the greatest good for the United States of America. So, yeah, I'm thinking through that and it, you know, may involve running for the presidency. It may involve something else," O'Rourke said earlier this month when asked whether he would challenge the senior Texas senator.

"I won't be limited by, you know, the end of this month. But I expect to be able to get to a decision by the end of this month," he added at the time.

Quinnipiac's poll of 1,222 Texas voters was conducted from Feb. 20 to 25. It has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.