Matthew McConaughey ahead of Abbott, Beto in Texas gov race
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Matthew McConaughey would defeat either incumbent GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott or Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in a head-on race if he ran for governor in 2022, a new poll suggests.
In the scenario of a one-on-one showdown, the Oscar-winning actor was preferred by voters over both Abbott and O’Rourke, according to results from a new poll by the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas Tyler.
However, in a three-way race, Abbott edges out the other two.
The 52-year-old “Magic Mike” star has danced around the idea of running for office since March, which he called “a true consideration.” It’s not clear whether McConaughey would run as a Democrat, Republican or an Independent.
In a head-on race between McConaughey and Abbott, McConaughey polled a whole 8 points ahead of the incumbent Republican by a margin of 43 percent to 35, with 22 percent indicating they would vote for someone else in that scenario. Against Abbott, McConaughey polls higher among Latinos, women and parents.
If it came down to McConaughey against O’Rourke, the actor’s lead is even more stark — decimating the former presidential candidate by over 20 percentage points.
In a three-way race scenario, McConaughey fell behind Abbot’s 37 percent to 27 percent, but still one point ahead of O’Rourke’s 26 percent.
Forty percent of voters — including 49 percent of Democrats and 32 percent of Republicans — said they want McConaughey to run for Governor and 33 percent said they preferred he not run and 27 percent said that it doesn’t matter to them whether he does or not.
In an Abbot and O’Rourke face-off, Abbott polled ahead of O’Rourke 45 percent to 39. Sixteen percent of voters indicated they would vote for someone else percent of Democrats said they would vote for O’Rourke while 81 percent of Republicans said they’d vote for Abbot.
The poll was conducted state-wide among 1,106 registered voters conducted from Nov. 9 to the 16th.