Poll: Widening gap between gubernatorial candidates

AUSTIN -- A new poll suggests a wider gap is forming between the gubernatorial front-runners in Texas.

The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll came out Monday morning. The poll suggests Republican Greg Abbott will start the General Election ahead of Democrat Wendy Davis.

The gap is getting wider between the two, compared to a previous poll which came out in October. According to the new numbers, Abbott will come in to the General Election with an 11-point lead over Davis.

If the race were held Monday, the poll suggests Abbott would win the governor's seat 47 percent to Davis' 36 percent. Seventeen percent of registered voters say they have not made up their minds.

The tighter state race comes down to Texas' pick for lieutenant governor. In the Republican primary, incumbent David Dewhurst is leading the group with 37 percent of Republican voters at his side. State Senator Dan Patrick is close behind with 31 percent. Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has 17 percent and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has 15 percent.

All four candidates have a lead over the only Democrat on the ticket, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte.

As for other races including attorney general, comptroller and the U.S. Senate seat that's currently held by Senator John Cornyn, the race is tighter.

Cornyn is a strong favorite for the Republican party, but a string of Democratic contenders proves there are still a lot of unsure voters.

The poll suggests voters don't know much about the candidates.Seventy-four percent initially expressed no opinion.

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