Biden leads in Texas, O'Rourke in second: poll

Biden leads in Texas, O'Rourke in second: poll
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits 'radical left,' news media, China in Independence Day address Kaepernick on July Fourth: 'We reject your celebration of white supremacy' Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham MORE leads the field of Democratic nominees in Texas while home-state candidate Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeColorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset Clinton, Buttigieg among Democrats set to hold virtual events for Biden Redistricting: 'The next decade of our democracy is on the ballot' in November MORE is in second, according to a poll released Monday.

Biden is the first choice of 23 percent of likely Democratic voters in the Lone Star State, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

O'Rourke, a former congressman who made a strong upset bid for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump administration grants funding extension for Texas testing sites Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down GOP lawmakers join social media app billed as alternative to Big Tech MORE's (R) seat in 2018, sits in second in the Democratic field with 15 percent support.


Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mount Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' MORE (I-Vt.) are statistically tied with O'Rourke at 14 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

No other candidate placed in double digits, with South Bend., Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights Democrats debate Biden effort to expand map against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems, GOP dig in on police reform ahead of House vote MORE getting 8 percent support and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham Senators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter MORE (D-Calif.) receiving 5 percent.

The other Texan in the race, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, polled at 3 percent.

“After four months of campaigning, Castro’s numbers remain unchanged in Texas,” Joshua Blank, manager of polling and research for the Texas Politics Project, said. 

“And the top five candidates have 75 percent of the vote in Texas.”

O'Rourke's strong result in his home state comes as his numbers have struggled nationally.

A RealClearPolitics average of national polls has O'Rourke sitting in sixth place in the Democratic primary with just 3.6 percent of the vote.

The University of Texas/Texas Tribune surveyed 483 likely Democratic primary voters between May 31-June 9. The sample has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.46 percentage points.