AUSTIN (KXAN) – Republicans lead Democrats in most of the statewide races in Texas, but there are signs of hope for Texas Democrats in the latest poll from Texas Lyceum. State Senator Wendy Davis (D – Fort Worth) trails Attorney General Greg Abbott in the race for governor by single digits.
The poll of 1,000 likely voters in Texas supported Abbott 49% to Davis’ 41%. The Texas Lyceum found Davis holds an edge among Democrats (86%-6%), Hispanics (62%-26%), and African Americans (83%-3%). Abbott leads among Republicans (85%-5%) and Anglos (62%-27%). Abbott also has a slight lead with women (46%-44%) and Independents with 38% support to Davis’ 32%.
A spokesman for Davis told KXAN, “Wendy Davis has the momentum in this race, cutting Greg Abbott’s lead down to single digits thanks in part to Mr. Abbott’s role in the emerging Texas Enterprise Fund scandal.”
KXAN also reached out to Greg Abbott’s campaign for comment, but they have not responded.
Davis is the best performing Democrat, according to the poll. In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Republican State Senator Dan Patrick leads Democratic State Senator Leticia Van de Putte 47% to 33%. Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn leads in his reelection bid against Democrat David Alameel 48%-30%.
The Texas Lyceum Poll was conducted from September 11 – 25 and has a margin of error of 3.8%.
The poll also found Texans support for Gov. Rick Perry remains unchanged from the same time in 2013. 57% of registered voters in Texas view him favorably.
Texans as a whole are split over President Barrack Obama. 48% believe the President is doing a good job, while 50% disapprove of his work.
Poll results released Tuesday showed Texans’ top concerns changed from 2013, when education topped the Lyceum Poll. This year immigration and border security took the top spot.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Attorney General Greg Abbott led State Sen. Wendy Davis by 35% among women. That number has since been corrected to a 2% lead.