Stunning new poll shows McConaughey leading TX governor’s race; results get even worse for Beto

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Matthew McConaughey’s star power could propel him into the Texas governor’s mansion according to a stunning new poll that offers an early glimpse of public sentiment in advance of next year’s Lone Star state elections.

The acclaimed actor, who scored the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club,” has been mulling whether or not to transition into the political realm with a potential run against incumbent Greg Abbott who is seeking reelection and, if he does take the plunge, the University Of Texas-Dallas Morning News survey is encouraging news for the outsider.

Texas politics have been in the news lately with the announcement that Democrat Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke has thrown his hat into the ring in a bid to unseat Abbott. Last week, the former congressman, who fell short of upsetting Republican Senator Ted Cruz in 2018, sent a thrill through the demoralized party base which has seen repeated efforts to turn Texas blue go up in smoke.

The prospect of McConaughey’s entry into the race likely has pundits salivating, although if he does choose to run as an independent alternative to Abbott and O’Rourke, it could be more bad news for Democrats.

According to the survey, McConaughey would beat Abbott by 8 points in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup with 43 percent favoring him over the incumbent governor.

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McConaughey’s chances are even better in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup with the quirky O’Rourke whom he would absolutely clobber 49-27 percent, an early sign that despite Beto’s faux-Latino nickname, his appeal is extremely limited, especially his anti-gun zealotry which has little appeal in Texas outside of his own party’s base.

(Screenshot: Dallas Morning News-UT)

In more bad news for Democrats, a hypothetical three-way race would punch the incumbent’s ticket for another term with O’Rourke and McConaughey splitting the anti-Abbott vote with the governor clocking in at 37 percent, the actor at 27 percent and the poster boy for white privilege at 26 percent.

(Screenshot: Dallas Morning News-UT)

McConaughey’s stardom only partially explains his appeal to voters, he is also a native Texan as well as a University Of Texas alum who is a passionate Longhorns fan. His political ideology is difficult to pin down and he recently enraged the authoritarian left by speaking out against vaccine mandates for children, a deal-killer with Democrats who might otherwise be swayed.

Intense blowback led to him walking back his comments which were made during an interview with The New York Times, but his willingness to make them shows that he isn’t afraid to buck the system on the controversial issue when it comes to the stance of the Biden administration and for which there is no dissent permissible.

Democrats and their armies of activists as well as the White House have come down hard on Abbott over the state’s refusal to adopt mask mandates and for the Texas abortion law that is the most pro-life in the country, legislation that has earned the condemnation of Biden himself.

Whether or not McConaughey chooses to run for the governorship – something that he remains evasive about – it doesn’t bode well for the hopes of Democrats that the best candidate that they can field is O’Rourke who was such a failure as a presidential candidate that he dropped out of the race for the 2020 nomination even before Kamala Harris did.


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