Left-wing Democrat mega donor George Soros has donated $1 million to help Beto O'Rourke's efforts to unseat Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, filings show.
O'Rourke has benefited from laws in Texas that allow uncapped campaign donations. According to filings, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee has received a number of donations over six or seven figures.
Soros, 91, frequently supports progressive causes. He has spent at least $40 million in support of liberal prosecutor candidates between 2014 and 2021, according to a report published by Virginia-based Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund.
Matt Palumbo, author of “The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros,” said the billionaire funds many left-wing groups, media companies, and political candidates through his Open Society Foundation.
Abbott Leads O'RourkeAccording to a poll from the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs, Abbott leads O'Rourke by 5 percent among likely voters (pdf).
The report states that Abbott leads at 49 percent to O'Rourke's 44 percent, with 5 percent undecided and 2 percent intending to vote for Libertarian Mark Tippetts.
"More than nine out of 10 Abbott (95 percent) and O’Rourke (92 percent) voters are certain about their vote choice, while 5 percent and 8 percent indicate they might change their mind between now and November," the report states.
"Abbott holds a 27 percent (60 percent to 33 percent) lead over O’Rourke among white voters while O’Rourke holds a 72 percent (80 percent to 8 percent) lead over Abbott among Black voters, and a 9 percent (51 percent to 42 percent) lead among Latino voters."
Women prefer O'Rourke (6 percent) while Abbott outpaces O'Rourke with support of men (18 percent), according to the report.