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

Vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden teams to meet with Trump administration agencies Biden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members Ossoff, Warnock to knock on doors in runoff campaigns MORE (D-Calif.) is slated to travel to Texas on Friday as recent polls have shown former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Biden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' 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 ClintonIntercept DC bureau chief says Biden picks are 'same people' from Obama years The Hill's 12:30 Report - Third vaccine candidate with 90% efficacy Biden won — so why did Trump's popularity hit its highest point ever? 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'RourkeMexico emerging as foreign policy challenge for Biden Beyoncé sports pro-Biden mask on Instagram Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden 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 CruzOcasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview 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.