Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden

Vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden signs Juneteenth bill: 'Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments' Biden's plan for Central American kids is no substitute for asylum State Department bans Guatemalan lawmaker from entering US MORE (D-Calif.) is slated to travel to Texas on Friday as recent polls have shown former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Poll: Majority back blanket student loan forgiveness MORE closing in on President Trump in the Lone Star State.

The Cook Political Report, an election handicapper, moved the presidential race in Texas from "lean Republican" to "toss up" on Wednesday.

In addition, a poll released Thursday by UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion showed Trump and Biden statistically tied in the state, with Trump garnering 48 percent support and Biden garnering 47 percent support.


The president won Texas against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonVirginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Hillary Clinton: Casting doubt on 2020 election is 'doing Putin's work' MORE in 2016 by about 800,000 votes. 

The California senator will travel to Fort Worth, McAllen and Houston in a final push to flip the historically red state four days before Election Day, according to a press release from the campaign. 

Harris will participate in voter mobilization event with former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke considering Texas governor bid: report O'Rourke clarifies remarks, leaves door open to gubernatorial bid O'Rourke says he's not planning on run for Texas governor MORE (D) in McAllen during the day.  

She is also slated to attend voter mobilization events in Fort Worth and Houston later on Friday.

Fort Worth's Tarrant County was the state's most populous county that Trump won in 2016, though Republican Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz says he hopes McConaughey 'decides not to run' Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior Court fines baker 0 for refusing to make gender transition cake MORE narrowly won in Tarrant during his 2018 reelection bid against O'Rourke. 


Biden's campaign is eyeing Houston's Harris County for a potential victory, which has become more Democratic in recent years and has already cast 1.1 million early ballots, the Texas Tribune reported.

Harris's deployment to the state is the latest sign that the Biden campaign believes the state is in play for Democrats with less than a week to go before Nov. 3. 

Abhi Rahman, communications director for the Texas Democratic Party, said, "Harris visiting this close to the election is a game-changer and exactly what Texas Democrats need to get us over the top," local NBC affiliate KXAN reported.