Trump, Biden in tight Texas race, poll

If Democrats could win Texas during a presidential election it would be the first time since 1976

Last Updated:
June 3, 2020 - 4:22pm

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As the 2020 general election approaches, President Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are locked in a tight race in the electoral vote-rich state of Texas, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

The poll of "self-identified registered voters in Texas" found that Trump leads Biden by just a single point, 44% to 43%. The poll's margin of error is +/- 2.9 percentage points.

Biden lead among Independents with 45% compared to Trump's 36%

"Too tight to tell in Texas. As the country confronts chaos and COVID-19, perhaps one of the most important states of all is a toss-up," Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy said according to the release. 

While there are liberal areas in the Texas, the state has long been a Republican stronghold during presidential elections – going Red in every presidential race since 1980. If Democrats could flip Texas, the move would represent a sea change in the U.S. political landscape.

According to the poll more than half (59%) thought that because of the coronavirus pandemic people should be permitted to vote by mail while 40% did not.

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