Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottO’Rourke stands by his ‘we’re gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47’ commentO’Rourke raises M in first 24 hours of Texas governor campaignThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Biden hails infrastructure law, talks with China’s XiMORE (R) is leading former Rep. Beto ORourke (D-Texas) by 6 points in the Lone Star States gubernatorial race, according to a new poll, days after ORourke officially launched his bid for office in his home state.

The poll, conducted by the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler, found that in a head-to-head matchup between the two candidates, 45 percent of registered voters said they support Abbott, while 39 percent said they are backing ORourke. 

Sixteen percent of respondents said they would vote for a different candidate for governor.

ORourke, who previously waged unsuccessful bids for U.S. Senate and president, announced last week that he is running to serve as governor of Texas, saying his bid was a rebuke of Abbotts two terms as chief executive of the Lone Star State. He specifically pointed to the state governments response to the winter storm earlier this year that killed hundreds of individuals and left millions without power.

Abbott responded to ORourkes campaign announcement, telling the former congressman to bring it.

The incumbent also holds a lead in the new poll when actor Matthew McConaughey was added as a potential candidate. In a three-way race between McConaughey, Abbott and ORourke, the incumbent governor was supported by 37 percent of respondents, followed by McConaughey at 27 percent and ORourke with 26 percent.

McConaughey has not announced an intent to run for governor of Texas, but he has publicly flirted with a potential bid in recent months. The actor in September said he was measuring running for governor, and earlier this month he said he believes that government in Texas and the U.S. needs to be aggressively centric to defeat partisan splits.

In May, Politico reported that the actor was calling people influential in Texas politics to gauge interest in him launching a bid.

McConaughey, however, has emerged as a decisive leader in hypothetical head-to-head matchups between both Abbott and ORourke. He leads Abbott in the new survey, 43 percent to 35 percent, and he is ahead of ORourke, 49 percent to 27 percent. 

However,  22 percent in McConaugheys race against Abbott would prefer a different candidate, as did 19 percent in his contest against ORourke. 

Forty percent of respondents in the poll said they want to see McConaughey launch a bid for governor, while 33 percent said they do not. Twenty-seven percent said the actors decision does not matter to them.

The poll, conducted between Nov. 9 and Nov. 16, surveyed 1,106 registered voters in Texas. The margin of error is  2.9 percentage points.