Trump holds single-digit leads over Democratic rivals in Texas: poll

Trump holds single-digit leads over Democratic rivals in Texas: poll
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE holds single-digit leads over his top 2020 Democratic rivals in Texas as the president’s reelection campaign seeks to keep the rapidly diversifying state in the GOP’s column next year.

Trump and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE are running neck-and-neck in the Lone Star State, with Trump narrowly leading by a 48-47 margin in a new CNN poll released Wednesday.

He has more sizable leads against Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Biden, Sanders tax plans would raise less revenue than claimed: studies MORE (D-Mass.), 51-44, and against Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE (I-Vt.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Overnight Defense: Trump downplays troops' concussion injuries in Iran attack | Dems offer case against Trump on day two of trial | UN links Saudis to hack of Bezos' phone MORE (D), 50-43.

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However, the single-digit leads could be cause for concern for the Trump campaign in the reliably red state. Trump won Texas by 9 points in 2016 over Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCollins walks impeachment tightrope Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders for 'inability to actually fight with bad actors' in party Hill.TV's Krystal Ball knocks Clinton's 'mean girl' comments against Sanders MORE, the worst showing there for a Republican presidential candidate in 20 years, and Democrats are eager to try to flip the state’s electoral votes next year.

The Democratic base was electrified last year with the Senate bid of former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), who broke midterm fundraising records and came within 3 points of unseating Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhat to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Democrats' impeachment case lands with a thud with GOP — but real audience is voters Restlessness, light rule-breaking and milk spotted on Senate floor as impeachment trial rolls on MORE (R). Democrats are hoping to piggyback off that momentum as well as an influx of new residents from more liberal states to make Texas and its 38 electoral votes competitive next year. 

To boost the party’s chances of winning the state in 2020, the Texas Democratic Party in September unveiled its “path to victory” plan that is centered around registering 2.6 million more Texans to vote to help in the White House race as well as down ballot contests.

“Change is coming to Texas — a new wave of activists and progressive candidates demand it. They’re fired up about affordable healthcare, ending gun violence, reversing climate change, and protecting our diverse communities,” Texas Democratic Party deputy executive Cliff Walker said in a statement at the time. 

CNN’s Texas poll surveyed 1,205 adults from Dec. 4 to 8 and has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.