NBC moves Texas to ‘toss-up’ in presidential race
NBC News has moved Texas, which hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1976, from “lean Republican” to “toss-up,” underscoring the close race between President Trump and Democrat Joe Biden for the Lone Star State.
Georgia, Iowa and Ohio are three other states won by Trump in 2016 that are rated as toss-ups by NBC.
The political unit led by “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd also moved Arizona from “lean Democrat” to “toss-up,” with polls tightening in the Copper State.
In the “lean Democrat” category, three states Trump won in 2016 remain there, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
RealClearPolitics also shows Texas as a toss-up, while ABC News shows Trump as a favorite.
NBC’s final battleground map forecasted an easy victory for 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Nov. 7, 2016.
“In our final battleground map of the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton holds a substantial lead over Donald Trump with one day before Election Day,” a story at the time reads. “Clinton has 274 electoral votes in her column — which is unchanged from last week, and which also is more than the 270 needed to win the presidency. Trump, meanwhile, is at 170 electoral votes, down from 180 last week. And we have 94 electoral votes in the Tossup column.”
With the election just one week from now, Biden leads Trump in the RealClearPolitics index of polls by an average of 4 points in the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida and Arizona.
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