O'Rourke trails Abbott by 15 points in hypothetical matchup to unseat Texas GOP governor, poll

O'Rourke jumped in the race for the Lone Star governorship last month
Beto O'Rourke
Beto O'Rourke
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Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott holds a 15-point edge over Democrat Beto O'Rourke in a hypothetical 2022 matchup, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday show O'Rourke, a failed Senate and presidential candidate, trailing 37% to 52%. 

The poll also shows both candidates having strong party support. Republicans back Abbott 90%, and Democrats back O'Rourke 87%, suggesting they will get through any primary challenge and face off in the general election.

O'Rourke announced his bid last month. And while he has always proven to be a proficient campaign fundraiser (his campaign raised $2 million in its first 24 hours), ousting Abbott will likely be a difficult task – particularly headed into 2022, a midterm in which Democrats are expected to lose ground.

Texans also appear not especially keen on O'Rourke, a former congressman. His favorability rating was just 36% compared to a 42% unfavorable figure. Sixteen percent of those polled said his name did not register with them.

Abbott has a 52% favorability rating, and 42% unfavorability number.