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Texas Elections 2018

Does Cruz lead O'Rourke by 6 points or 2? Here's how to evaluate Texas polls.

Here are four things to keep in mind when you see a poll on a statewide race in Texas.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), is challenging Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.


Welcome to The Texas Tribune's "Texplainer" series, where we answer questions from readers like you. 

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Consider the source

How are the pollsters collecting their data?


Who are the pollsters asking?

Consider the timing

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