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Biden leads slightly in Texas, poll indicates


Democratic nominee Joe Biden holds a slight lead in Texas over President Donald Trump among likely voters in Texas, according to a poll released Sunday by the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler.

The poll showed Biden with the support of 48 percent of likely voters, compared with 45 percent for Trump. The results represent a shift from the same poll in September, when Trump led by 2 percentage points. One difference from September is that Biden has expanded his lead among Hispanic voters from 30 percentage points to 48.

Texas, with its 38 electoral votes, was the most populous state won by Trump in 2016. No Democratic presidential candidate has won Texas since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Forty percent of those surveyed said they had already voted in the election.

One category listed in the polling not usually included in most state polls was “gun owners.” Of those surveyed, 58 percent said they supported Trump, compared to 35 percent who backed Biden.

The poll, conducted Oct. 13-20, surveyed 1,012 registered voters. Of those, 925 are characterized as likely voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.08 percentage points for the overall group, and 3.22 points for likely voters.

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