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Is Texas Competitive For 2020? This Poll Says YES!

Posted on the 01 March 2019 by Jobsanger
Is Texas Competitive For 2020? This Poll Says YES!
Is Texas Competitive For 2020? This Poll Says YES!
A couple of days ago, I brought you a map of the electoral college prospects for 2020. The map, by Taegan Goddard, had Texas listed as competitive. At the time, I expressed my doubts. Texas is still very red, and has many people who will vote for anyone with a "R" beside their name on the ballot.
But maybe I was wrong. Look at the charts above. A new poll shows that three candidates would run very well against Donald Trump. Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke trail him by only 1 point, and Bernie Sanders trails by only 2 points -- all well within the poll's margin of error.
Biden and O'Rourke also have a net positive favorable rating in the state -- Biden by 11 points and O'Rourke by 4 points. All other candidate have a net negative rating, including Trump (by 2 points).
Could a Democratic presidential candidate turn Texas blue in 2020? Probably not, but it is within the realm of possibility -- and that should have Democrats pulling out all the stops in Texas. It would be a mistake for the Democratic candidate to write off the state.
These charts reflect the results of a new Quinnipiac University Poll -- done between February 20th and 25th of a sample of 1,222 Texas voters, with a 3.4 point margin of error.

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