TEXAS – According to a new poll out from the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is leading Democratic challenger MJ Hegar by eight points in their bid for the U.S. Senate.

What You Need To Know

  • Poll shows Cornyn leads Hegar by 8 points

  • Many surveyed had no opinion on Hegar's favorability

  • Poll also asked about presidental race 

According to the Tribune, 50 percent of likely voters in Texas prefer Cornyn while 42 percent preferred Hegar. Another 3 percent supported Libertarian candidate Kerry Douglas McKennon.

The survey was conducted online September 25 through October 4, and 1,200 registered voters participated.

Voters were asked whether they viewed each candidate positively or negatively. For Cornyn, 38 percent said they had a favorable opinion of him, another 38 percent had an unfavorable opinion of him, and 24 percent had no opinion.

That varied from Hegar’s results: 33 percent found her favorable, 24 percent unfavorable, and 43 percent had no opinion.

The poll also looked at how voters feel about the presidential race. Fifty percent of the people polled said they favored President Donald Trump while 45 percent said they preferred former Vice President Joe Biden.