Texas poll: Paxton leads George P. Bush, McConaughey and Gov. Abbott nearly tied

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is eight points ahead of George P. Bush.
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Orlando, Florida, February 27, 2021.
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton leads state Land Commissioner George P. Bush in the state attorney general race, according to a recent poll by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler.

In a pollĀ asking voters who they would support in the Republican primary, the results show Paxton leading Bush by eight points at 42%, with Bush at 34%.

Actor Matthew McConaughey has been mentioned as a possible candidate for Texas governor, and in a race with him against current Gov. Greg Abbott, McConaughey trails by just one point at 38%, and Abbott at 39%.

Among Texas voters, 36% self identify as Republican, with 30% identifying as Democrat, and 34% as neither.

Of the total 1,090 adults surveyed, 1,016 answered the McConaughey question, 337 responded to the attorney general Republican primary question, and 1,086 self identified with a political party.