DALLAS, TX — (07-12-20) — The GOP is in shock after a new poll shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in Texas by 5 points.  The Sunday political talk shows were quick to spotlight the new Dallas Morning News-University of Texas Tyler poll.

Former Vice President Biden has 46 percent of the vote compared to Trump’s 41 percent in the poll released Sunday. An additional 14 percent of voters said they were undecided.

Biden’s lead comes after a similar poll from April that found Biden and Trump tied at 43 percent.

Kenneth Bryant Jr., a UT-Tyler political scientist who helped design the poll, told the Dallas Morning News that Joe Biden’s slight boost comes from a softening of support for Donald Trump among independents and “weak partisans.”

“While President Trump has and still enjoys near universal approval from Republicans, and overwhelming disfavor from Democrats, he has lost considerable ground among the folks in the middle, who may ultimately decide who wins Texas in November,” said Bryant.

If Biden wins Texas, it will be the first time since Jimmy Carter in 1976, that a democratic presidential candidate won the state of Texas.

A separate CBS News poll released Sunday found Trump and Biden in a dead heat in Texas, with Trump at 46 percent and Biden at 45 percent.

The Dallas Morning News-UT Tyler poll was conducted between June 29 and July 7. It surveyed 1,909 registered voters. The margin of error is 2.24 percent.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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