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Poll: Trump leads Clinton by only 4 in Texas

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leads Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by only 4 percentage points in solidly red Texas, according to a new poll. That’s within the margin of error.

The WFAA/SurveyUSA poll found Trump beating Clinton 47 percent to 43 percent — a remarkably close margin in a state that the last two GOP nominees carried by double digits. The poll’s margin of error is 4 percent.

Across the country, Trump’s poll numbers have been sliding following the release Friday of a 2005 clip showing him speaking lewdly about women. SurveyUSA conducted the poll between Monday and Wednesday, according to WFAA.

The 4-point margin may be Trump’s smallest lead in Texas yet, but it is not far from what prior polls have found. Trump has consistently led Clinton by single digits, including by 7 points in a KTVT-CBS 11/Dixie Strategies Poll released Oct. 5.

The 4-point margin may be Trump’s smallest lead in Texas yet, but it is not far from what prior polls have found.

The last Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, won Texas by 16 points. John McCain, the party’s standard bearer in 2008, carried the state by 12 points.

For the poll, SurveyUSA interviewed 800 adults — 734 of whom are registered to vote — over three days. 638 were considered likely to vote.

  • The 2005 clip caused many Texas Republicans to condemn Trump’s remarks, but none pulled his or her support for him.
  • The 2016 presidential race has sparked an unusual discussion: Is ruby-red Texas competitive?

Author:  –  The Texas Tribune

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4 comments

  1. It’s time to take Texas back away from the republicans and return it to a “Blue State”! With the racist bigot Ken Paxton going after the Tigua Indians! Dan Patrick after the gay community,and Greg Abbott after the Muslims. These European trespasser invaders can’t have Texas all to themselves! we don’t live back in the 1860’s but they sure seem to admire Jim Crow Laws.
    AMERICA IS GREAT! TRUMP IS DISGUSTING!!

    • Albert (AKA High420Lonesome), as usual, you show your racist self in full glory.

      • Mad Mike from KVIA forum blog, you are the republican racist that is mad at the whole world you pitiful little creature.
        So now you bring your gibberish rants here to the El Paso Herald Post! Over at KVIA you republicans dominate that blog and you attack anyone that is a democrat or that don’t agree with your anti Hillary Clinton filth.
        Well you and your KKK clan members don’t scare me,BTW was that you that spray painted the Eastwood field turf? I bet it was you and your friends.
        Because you are pathological bunch of insane racist bigots. Ha Ha Ha, LMAO!
        What a loser you are…
        AMERICA IS GREAT! TRUMP AND MAD MIKE ARE DEPLORABLE!!

    • America is great, it is YOU that is disgusting!

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