Poll: Trump, Biden virtually tied in Texas 13 days before Election Day

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House on Aug. 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C., alongside an image of former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaking at Philadelphia

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that the presidential race in Texas is virtually tied.

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are tied at 47 percent among likely voters, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Opinions on Biden have improved somewhat in the traditionally red state. About a month ago, the same poll showed the president leading by five points – 50 to 45.

"Biden and Trump find themselves in a Texas stand-off, setting the stage for a bare knuckle battle for 38 electoral votes," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy in a statement.

The poll finds polarization when it comes to absentee voting and casting a ballot on Election Day. For those voting by mail/absentee, Biden leads 63 to 31. Trump leads 62 to 32 among people who plan to vote on Election Day. Early voters are essentially split – Biden with 48 and Trump with 46.

Among likely voters, 69 percent said they either will or already have early voted. Just 18 percent plan to vote on Election Day and 12 percent will vote by mail/absentee.

A Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t won a general election in Texas since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

In the Texas U.S. Senate race, incumbent Republican Senator John Cornyn leads Democratic challenger M.J. Hegar 49 to 43 percent among likely voters.

1,145 likely voters in Texas were surveyed, with a margin of error of (+/-) 2.9 percentage points.


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