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.
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.