DALLAS - Both candidates for Texas governor campaigned in North Texas on Monday as the race entered its final week.
Gov. Greg Abbott made a campaign stop in Lewisville while Democratic challenger and former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez stopped at several early voting locations across the area.
The appearances came on the same day a new poll of the race showed a big lead for Abbott, something all polls of the race have shown. The Quinnipiac poll has Abbott up 14 points, 54 – 40.
Both candidates agree that turnout will determine the winner and both encouraged people to vote.
“We're going to be doing our best to get the vote out, running TV ads, knocking on doors,” Abbott said.
Valdez spoke to reporters at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dallas before voting herself.
“We've been very aggressive and we’re going to continue this to the very end, so I'm excited that there's still a possibility we can pull this off,” Valdez said.
Valdez said she's visited some 60 cities and towns over the last two weeks -- hitting four to six voting sites per day.
Despite the ongoing outreach, SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson said Valdez's chances of winning remain small.
“Basically the strategy for her at this point is to get out the vote efforts. Trying to mobilize core Democrats, minorities, young voters,” Wilson said.
The math isn't adding up for Valdez, but Wilson said the senate race could help her close the gap some.
“Since Beto seems to be running about 10 points ahead of Valdez she may benefit from some of the straight-ticket voting. Now, will that be enough to get her elected? Highly doubtful,” Wilson said.
Both Abbott and Valdez will be in Austin on election day watching the votes come in.
Early voting runs through Friday. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. If you need more information before you vote, check out the FOX 4 Voter Guide.