WARNING: Texas Is About To Fall
It might seem unlikely that this presidential election could get any stranger, but polls are emerging that suggest Texas might now be in play for the Democrats.
A University of Houston poll published on Tuesday found Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton by only three percentage points, within the margin of error, in a four-way race. Also that day, a Washington Post/SurveyMonkey poll pegged Trump’s advantage at only two points, the same as in Florida.
Texas’s 38 electoral college votes, second only to California, make it the ultimate wishlist item for Democrats. For Republicans it is like a vital organ: essential for the body’s survival but taken for granted, almost forgotten, until something starts to go wrong.
Democratic efforts in Texas have lately focused on planting seeds that might germinate in 2020, 2024 or later, when it is presumed that a growing Hispanic, Asian and African American population will increase the party’s chances. The Clinton campaign has not prioritized Texas, moving recently into two other usually deep red states, Arizona and Georgia.
But could the future be now? Could a Republican playground be morphing into a partisan battleground?