President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden are in a dead heat among Texas voters, according to a new poll from the University of Texas at Tyler and The Dallas Morning News.
The poll conducted last month posed questions to 1,183 registered Texas voters. Of those who responded, 43% said they would choose Trump and 43% said they would choose Biden, on Election Day, which is less than six months away. Another 9% said they were undecided.
Dallas Morning News political writer Gromer Jeffers told Texas Standard it was hard to tell if this poll, which showed support dropping for Trump in Texas because of the president’s response to the coronavirus, or merely because less attention is being paid to the election, due to the pandemic.
“The question is, is Trump taking an undue hit because of his response to the coronavirus situation?” Jeffers said. “Pollsters are split on that.”
Nevertheless, Jeffers called the poll results, “significant” adding that the last time a Democratic presidential candidate won Texas was when the state went for Jimmy Carter in 1976.
Jeffers said it’s still unclear if Texas will become a competitive, or “battleground” state in this year’s election. The key indicator would be if both Biden and the Democratic Party began pouring campaign dollars into the state.
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