Sanders builds 6-point lead in Texas primary: poll

Sanders builds 6-point lead in Texas primary: poll
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A new poll of Texas voters published Friday by Univision shows Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan Google: Chinese and Iranian hackers targeting Biden, Trump campaigns MORE (I-Vt.) with a 6-point lead over his rivals in the crucial Super Tuesday state, particularly among Latino voters.

The poll, conducted by polling firm Latino Decisions for Univision and the University of Houston's Center for Mexican American Studies, shows 26 percent of Texans support Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination The Memo: Job numbers boost Trump and challenge Biden Chris Wallace: Jobs numbers show 'the political resilience of Donald Trump' MORE and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg are tied in second place with 20 percent support each.

A poll conducted by the same firm in September showed Sanders at 13 percent support.

No other candidate breaks the 15 percent threshold required to win delegates in the Texas primary taking place on Tuesday.

The poll also focused on Latino voters in Texas, a group that Sanders leads with 31 percent support, to Bloomberg's 23 percent and Biden's 19 percent.

Respondents also picked their second-choice Democratic presidential candidate.

Biden is the second choice candidate for 20 percent of Texan voters, Sanders the second choice for 19 percent, Bloomberg for 18 percent and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody MORE (D-Mass.) has 16 percent.

Among Hispanic voters, the leading second-choice candidates are Sanders at 23 percent, Biden at 20 percent, Bloomberg at 17 percent and Warren at 14 percent.

Polls have consistently shown Sanders doing well with Latino voters, including in Nevada, where he won last week's caucuses by a wide margin. 

Sanders is also leading in most polls in California, a state with a heavy Latino presence that will provide the biggest pledged delegate haul on Super Tuesday. 

Although no Democrat has won a statewide election in Texas since 1994, the state has been targeted by Democrats for the general election.

According to the poll, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters MORE and Sanders are in a dead heat in Texas in a general election match-up, with the support of 45 percent of respondents each.

Bloomberg comes in slightly ahead against Trump with 44 percent support to 43 percent.

Biden also matches up competitively with the president, with 43 percent support for Biden against 46 percent for Trump.

Warren, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Hillicon Valley: Conspiracy theories run rampant online amid Floyd protests | First lawsuit filed against Trump social media order | Snapchat to no longer promote Trump's account MORE (D-Minn.) all trail Trump by a margin wider than the poll's margin of error.

Among Latino voters, all Democrats lead Trump by a wide margin, but Sanders has the biggest lead.

In a Trump versus Sanders match-up, 65 percent of Latino respondents said they'd vote for the Vermont senator, and only 25 percent for the incumbent.

The poll also shows an improvement in favorability among Latino voters about Trump's performance, with 38 percent approving of his job as president, while 62 percent disapprove.

That's a 14 point bump from September's poll, when 24 percent of Texas Hispanics said they approve of the president's job performance.

Among all Texas voters, 52 percent approve of Trump's handling of the job, while 48 percent disapprove.

The poll was conducted Feb. 21-26 among 1,004 registered Texas voters, including an oversampling of 504 Latinos, and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points for the general population numbers and 4.4 points for Latinos.