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Texas Governor Race Polls 2014: Wendy Davis Confident of Election Win Despite Being Down 20 Percent in New Poll

First Posted: Oct 30, 2014 09:14 AM EDT
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Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is confident of her odds to become the state's next governor despite new polling figures showing the Democratic candidate nearly 20 points behind Republican candidate Greg Abbott.

Polling data from CBS News, New York Times and YouGov has Davis with double-digit setbacks against Abbott including the female vote. From overall Texas voters, Abbott leads against Davis with 53 percent to 35 percent.

When identifying male and female voters, Abbott secured double-digit leads from Davis. Among men, Abbott received 57 percent of the poll compared to 33 percent for Davis. The Democratic candidate also lost the female vote with 37 percent to the Republican's 49 percent.

Survey respondents identifying themselves as independent also gave Abbott a clear advantage with 58 percent to 25 percent for Davis.

Among the main age group of millennials, between 18 and 29 years old, Davis secured a slim lead with 39 percent to 36 percent for Abbott. Ten percent of millennials were not sure, but 13 percent said they leaned Republican.

With Latino survey respondents, Davis won the black and Latino vote. Among black voters, Davis won 80 percent of the poll compared to 7 percent for Abbott. Latino voters were narrower with their selection. Latino with 46 percent preferred Davis, but Abbott was not far behind with 39 percent. White voters favored Abbott over Davis with 65 percent to 23 percent, respectively.

Despite the polling figures favoring Abbott, Davis remained confident about her odds to win the election. During an appearance on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart asked Davis about the odds of keeping her state senate seat.

"I'm going to be the governor, Jon," replied Davis.

The CBS News, New York Times and YouGov poll was conducted between Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 with 3,987 adults participating.

Texas is an early voting state, with select locations accepting votes as of Oct. 20. The Lone Star state has also enacted a photo identification law despite opposition from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry said voters may present a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)-issued driver's license, Personal Identification Card, Concealed Handgun License and Election Identification Certificate. Three other appropriate forms of identification are a U.S. passport, citizenship certificate and military ID card, which all require the person's photograph. Berry's office noted that with the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the other forms of photo ID can be current or expired no more than 60 days.

According to Berry, more Texans registered to vote for the 2014 midterm election than in previous election cycles with 14.02 million registered.

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