Ted Cruz gets a boost from Texas

Ted Cruz has made a boost among Texas voters as he holds a significant lead over his Democratic rival Colin Allred ahead of November's U.S. Senate elections, according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, shows Cruz leading with 46 percent of the vote, compared to Allred's 33 percent. Another 7 percent of respondents said they would vote for someone else, while 15 percent expressed no preference.

The results also showed Cruz has an approval rating of 49 percent, compared to a disapproval rating of 38 percent. Another 10 percent of respondents said they neither approved nor disapproved of Cruz, and 3 percent said they didn't know.

Meanwhile, Allred, a former NFL star who represents Texas' 32nd Congressional District, has a 36 percent favorable rating and a 21 percent unfavorable rating. Another 22 percent of respondents said their opinion of Allred was neither positive nor negative, and 21 percent had no opinion.

For the poll, YouGov surveyed 1,276 Texas registered voters between April 12 and April 22, 2024, which were then reduced to a sample of 1,200 to create the final data set. The error rate was +/-2.83 percent.

A separate poll conducted last month by Cyngal also showed Cruz leading Allred 45 percent to 36 percent. The survey was conducted among 1,000 likely voters for the Texas general election between April 4 and April 6.

Newsweek has reached out to Ted Cruz and Colin Allred for comment outside of normal work hours.

Senator Ted Cruz (left) spoke at the US Capitol in Washington DC last year and Representative Colin Allred (right) spoke in Southlake in 2022. Cruz leads Allred with 46 percent of the vote to…

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Provided in a previous statement NewsweekSaid a Cruz campaign spokesman: “Senator Cruz has spent his time in the Senate fighting for policies that promote jobs, freedom and opportunity for Texans. Senator Cruz's legislative work, much of it bipartisan, has had a major impact on the Lone Star State, and we are confident Texans will re-elect him to represent him in the Senate so he can continue to achieve these decisive victories.

“Senator Cruz will work every day to meet and speak with Texans in every corner of the state to keep Texas, Texas.”

Allred's campaign website states: “Texans are tired of Ted Cruz's divisive policies that pit Texans against each other. We deserve a senator who won't fly to Cancun while Texans freeze in the dark. And we deserve a senator who cares more about your job, your health care, your retirement and your children's education than hosting a podcast three times a week.

“Colin Allred is running for Senate because Texans can’t afford six more years of Ted Cruz. He will give Texans the honest, pragmatic leadership they deserve in the Senate.”

In 2018, Cruz beat Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke by less than 3 percent to win re-election to the Senate in a closely contested contest.

Democrats currently hold a 51-49 edge in the Senate, including three independents who caucus with them, but Republicans hope to take control in November and a Cruz loss would deal a blow to those plans.

Speaking to Fox News in February, the Republican senator said he was Democrats' “number one target” in November, adding: “I will say my race here in Texas is a battleground race.”

Separately, the Texas Politics Project poll also found in separate data that Donald Trump has a comfortable lead over President Joe Biden in Texas, 45 percent to 36 percent.

Meanwhile, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. received 8 percent of the vote; Cornel West, an independent, and Jill Stein of the Green Party both got 2 percent; and 7 percent of respondents had no opinion.