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Almost half of Texas Republicans say Trump endorsement positively sways vote: poll

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Almost half of Texas Republicans say an endorsement from former President Trump sways their vote positively towards that candidate, according to a new poll from The Hill and Emerson College Polling.

The poll found 49 percent of Texas Republican primary voters say they are more likely to support a candidate if they have an endorsement from Trump.

Thirty-five percent say Trump’s endorsement has no impact on them, while 16 percent say it makes them less likely to support a candidate.

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The poll results come as Trump has been active in handing out endorsements ahead of the November midterm elections and gubernatorial contests. 

Trump threw his support behind Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in June, with the poll finding Abbott is leading the primary with 61 percent support. 

The poll found incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton is also leading in the Republican primary with 43 percent.

Trump endorsed Paxton over state Land Commissioner George P. Bush back in July. Bush only has 20 percent support in the poll.

Trump has issued multiple endorsements in Texas congressional races, most recently for Reps. Lance Gooden, Troy Nehls and Randy Weber

The poll was conducted from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, surveying 522 likely voters in the Republican primary sample. The margin of error for the sample is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

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