Texas Governor Greg Abbott had been trending up.
Early polls had Beto O’Rourke a little too close for comfort.
Slowly but surely, Abbott started to pull away, finally up by double digits in the previous poll.
This is one poll, but Abbott’s lead has slid back into single digits, and it is getting some conservatives just a bit antsy.
So, as I have stated previously, we cannot put too much stock in just one poll.
What I look for are trends, and Abbott has been trending in the right direction.
His once five-point lead had grown to 10 or 11 percent in the previous sets of polls.
The latest Dallas Morning News/University of Texas at Tyler poll, however, has Abbott’s lead down to seven points.
Even for one poll, that is a pretty big swing.
When asked if they would vote for Abbott, Beto, or someone else, Abbott got 45 percent to Beto’s 38 percent.
Another one percent were undecided and 16 percent wanted another candidate.
Of note here is the recent proclamation by Beto that he is no longer interested in taking guns away, which is more than likely a lie.
However, it does appear that moderate Democrats may believe him, as his support within the party had grown over the last few weeks.
I think we are far from panic mode here in Texas, but it is concerning to me that Beto even has that much support.
In recent years, the state’s population has grown considerably from liberals fleeing Democrat-run states.
Yet, they are now coming here and far too many of them are looking to vote Democrat.
The fact they are getting behind Beto, who is about as extreme as it gets, means they are comfortable turning Texas into California, which has always been our greatest fear with so many transplants.
Next Tuesday is primary day, so we will find out if Abbott gets out of the primary, and I expect these polls to really start to get dialed in and give us a much better idea of how this race will pan out.
In the meantime, we get to take a little Pepto because seven points is just a bit too close for comfort.