President Donald Trump has maintained his single-digit lead over Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Texas, according to a new survey of the state with the second-biggest Electoral College prize.
A New York Times/Siena College poll published Monday shows that 47 percent of Texas likely voters prefer Trump, while 43 percent back Biden. An additional 10 percent favor other candidates or are undecided.
Trump’s advantage of 4 percentage points falls roughly in line with his performance in the previous version of the Times/Siena survey, conducted last month, which showed him with a 3-point lead over Biden.
The results of the latest Times/Siena poll also track with the RealClearPolitics average of recent Texas surveys, which now has Trump 3.2 percentage points ahead of Biden.
Trump won Texas’ 38 electoral votes by 9.2 percentage points in 2016. The state has not been carried by a Democratic presidential nominee since Jimmy Carter in 1976.
The Times/Siena poll also shows that incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn has expanded his lead over Democrat M.J. Hegar to 10 percentage points, 48-38 percent, up from 6 points last month.
The RealClearPolitics average of Texas Senate surveys now puts Cornyn out in front of Hegar by 8.3 percentage points.
The Times/Siena poll was conducted Oct. 20-25, surveying 802 Texas likely voters with a margin of sampling error of plus-or-minus 3.8 percentage points.