You couldn’t go to your social media website of choice for a hot minute without seeing Robert O’Rourke slinging the cursest of words at a Greg Abbott supporter at his rally. The man was laughing at O’Rourke’s description of an AR-15 during another pro-gun control rant about Uvalde, causing O’Rourke to turn on him and accuse him of thinking children dying is funny while calling him a “mother f***er.”
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It’s likely O’Rourke knew the man was laughing at his AR-15 description and seized the opportunity for a headline. O’Rourke is, after all, a headline hunter like many bad politicians are, but I digress.
It’s likely that O’Rourke’s hoped this “mother f***er” moment would see him boosted in the polls. Coming off as a tough-as-nails manly man ready to brawl for the children is a perfect look for any candidate, but O’Rourke doesn’t exactly pull it off. Instead, he looked a bit try-hard, which is pretty par for O’Rourke’s course.
Sadly for O’Rourke, this move resulted in no shift for him in his numbers against Abbott. According to a Dallas Morning News-UT poll, the incumbent governor holds a seven point lead over Abbott.
According to a new poll from The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler, Abbott has a 7-point cushion over O’Rourke, unchanged from a similar survey in May.
This poll was conducted between Aug. 1-7 and surveyed 1,384 voters. It has an error margin of +/- 2.8 percentage points.
This is a pattern that has been evident in this race for a long time. O’Rourke is consistently lagging behind Abbott by around six to seven points, meaning that O’Rourke’s stunt isn’t moving the needle. All of them seem not to be, and Ed Morrisey, Hot Air, pointed out that a large part of the failure is due to Texans trusting Abbott and blaming Biden as the cause of the inflation.
Biden’s failing is rubbing off on other Democrats, especially those up for election. This makes O’Rourke an almost certain loser, but Republicans in Texas shouldn’t count their chickens before they hatch. Democrats pose a serious threat to Texas because of the changing demographics in Texas.
If O’Rourke was a better politician or even slightly more believable, Abbott would likely be under a real threat. An average lead of 6 to 7 points in Texas is not good enough. However, sometimes just one headline can shift undecided voter from one side to the other.
Texas Republicans should be out in force when it comes time for the vote.