Biden lead evaporates in Texas: poll

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE’s lead over President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE in Texas has evaporated, according to a new survey, leaving the race a toss-up in the state just two months before the election. 

Trump is now leading Biden among likely voters, 48 to 46 percent, according to the poll from The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler

Biden had been leading Trump among likely Texas voters by 5 points in early July in a similar poll.


Trump’s support is largely driven by likely white voters in Texas, according to The Dallas Morning News, while Biden is backed by Hispanic and Black voters in the state. Sixty percent of white voters back Trump, while 87 percent of Hispanic voters and 58 percent of Black voters support Biden. 

The race is closer among registered voters, with Biden at 44 percent and Trump at 43 percent. 

No Democratic presidential candidate has won Texas since former President Carter did so in 1976. But Democrats have been pushing it as a key battleground state in the upcoming election after close down-ballot races. 

The poll released Sunday also found that Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls Cornyn is most prolific tweeter in Congress so far in 2021 Schumer 'exploring' passing immigration unilaterally if talks unravel MORE (R-Texas) leads his Democratic challenger, MJ Hegar, by double digits, but the GOP incumbent’s lead has decreased since the early July poll. 

Cornyn is now backed by 39 percent of likely voters, compared with Hegar’s 28 percent, but an additional 28 percent said they are undecided, based on the poll. 

The poll was conducted Aug. 28 to Sept. 2. It surveyed 1,176 registered voters and has a margin of error of 2.87 percentage points for those respondents. The margin of error for the 901 likely voters within that group is 3.26 percentage points.