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Poll: Matthew McConaughey would have a shot against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, but primaries would be trickier

Speculation continues to swirl about renowned actor and proud Texan Matthew McConaughey entering politics in his home state. There’s no telling if that will actually happen, but that didn’t stop The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler from teaming up to get a sense of how voters feel about the possibility of McConaughey challenging Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for his job next year. The poll, released Sunday, is a bit of mixed bag for McConaughey. Among all voters, he actually held a 12-point advantage over Abbott, so in a head-to-head race, it seems like the idea is at least viable. Where the actor runs into some trouble is in the primaries. It’s not entirely clear under what banner McConaughey, who has suggested he’s “more of a moderate,” would run, the Morning News writes. Only 30 percent of Republicans said they’d vote for him, compared to 56 percent who would back Abbott. Those numbers might help in the general election, but he’d be toast if he challenged Abbott within in his own party. The more likely scenario is that McConaughey would run as a Democrat — 66 percent of Democratic voters said they’d back him over Abbott, who received just 8 percent support from the opposing party. Still, McConaughey wouldn’t be a shoe-in. The poll also revealed that 51 percent of Texas Democratic primary voters prefer a progressive candidate, while just 25 percent are hoping for a centrist, which is seemingly the mold McConaughey fits. The poll was conducted between April 6-13 among 1,126 registered Texas voters. The margin of error is 2.92 percentage points. Read the full results here and read more about a potential McConaughey run at The Week. More stories from theweek.comThe new HBO show you won’t be able to stop watchingChanging election laws7 cartoons about Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal