Politics

Poll: Texas Is Now A Toss-Up State

| by Ray Brown

Texas is considered one of the most reliable states for Republicans in presidential election years, but polls indicate that the race could be tight between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

According to a CBS/YouGov poll, Trump leads Clinton by only 3 percent, 46 to 43. That's the same amount he's behind Clinton in Florida, a seemingly perpetual swing state that is a toss-up this year.

Without Texas, Trump would lose its 38 electoral college votes and have virtually no chance of a victory in November.

"We've been seeing polls for a number of months that have the race in single-digits," said state Rep. Rafael Anchia, a Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee, according to The Dallas Morning News. "We don't know how the last weeks of the campaign will go, but anything is possible in the state of Texas."

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But Anchia was confident that even if Clinton doesn't win Texas, her campaign will best President Barack Obama's lackluster 41 percent showing in 2012 versus GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

"We do know that Hillary Clinton will improve on what Barack Obama did in Texas," Anchia said. "You can take that to the bank."

Other polls also put Clinton within striking distance in the Lone Star State.

According to the Real Clear Politics polling average, Trump has a 4.6 percent lead over Clinton in five polls. And the University of Houston poll put Trump ahead by only 3 percent.

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"I don't think there's any chance of Hillary Clinton winning Texas, but if she comes within single digits, that could be a big problem for Republicans in Harris County [Houston] and the statehouse races here in Dallas County," said former Dallas County Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Neerman, according to The Dallas Morning News. 

Sources: YouGov, Real Clear PoliticsThe Dallas Morning News / Photo credit: David R. Tribble/Wikimedia Commons

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