58.5 F
Fort Worth
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Donald Trump wins Texas, narrowly beating Joe Biden

Donald Trump wins Texas, narrowly beating Joe Biden

Other News

JRB Fort Worth chosen for main operating base for C-130J aircraft

Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth has been selected as a main operating base for eight C-130J aircraft at the 136th Airlift...

Commentary: When to donate rewards to charity and when to give cash

By ERIN HURD of NerdWalletIf you're looking to give to charity this holiday season but don't want to dip into your bank account, donating...

Texas again sets record for new coronavirus infections as testing also sees sustained highs

Texas health officials reported more than 14,000 new coronavirus infections Wednesday in what appeared to be an all-time high for daily cases. The record comes...

Commentary: Area mayors say ‘Spread cheer this holiday season, not COVID-19’

Mayors of several cities in Tarrant County released the following message: As we enter the holiday season, it’s becoming all too apparent that this year...

By Alex Samuels, The Texas Tribune Nov. 3, 2020

Donald Trump wins Texas, narrowly beating Joe Biden” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. And bookmark our Texas election results page here.

President Donald Trump narrowly carried Texas on Tuesday as national results continue to show him and former Vice President Joe Biden in a neck-and-neck race.

The Republican incumbent was poised to win Texas’ 38 electoral votes — 52% to 46.6%, based on returns from early voting, Decision Desk data showed. Early returns don’t include votes cast on Election Day. Polls have shown that Republicans are more likely to vote in person on Election Day than Democrats.

Trump’s margin over Biden marks the second closest Texas race for the White House. In 1996 GOP nominee Bob Dole beat Bill Clinton by 5 points. Trump prevailed over Hillary Clinton in Texas by 9 points in 2016.

While Biden performed well in the state’s metropolitan regions, he struggled to gain steam among Hispanic and Latino voters in the Rio Grande Valley and to overcome Trump’s strength in the rural areas of the state.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump had projected a landslide victory in the Lone Star State. “A lot of people talked about Texas,” he said. “We will have a tremendous victory there.”

The tight margin in Texas on Tuesday night came after several election prognosticators argued Texas was a swing state for the first time in decades. Various polls over the last month showed Biden narrowly winning the state, and others showed Trump up by single-digit margins.

The presidential race had excited the state’s Democrats, buoyed by polls showing Biden with small but durable leads in Texas. A Democratic presidential candidate has not won statewide in Texas since 1976. While few in the party anticipated Biden would win Texas on Tuesday, they expressed hope that a close enough margin could help down-ballot candidates and lay the foundation for future Democratic gains across the state.

But many competitive races in the state House remained in limbo late Tuesday evening. While many freshman Democrats seemed to be edging out their Republican opponents, their gains were offset by GOP candidates in competitive seats who were able to fend off their well-funded Democratic opposition. Texas Democrats need 9 seats to nab the majority in the state House.

Unlike 2016, neither presidential candidate made an all-out play for Texas: Neither Trump nor Biden visited the state before Election Day, and Trump didn’t spend any money on TV ads in the state. Biden had a small on-the-ground presence and sent surrogates to Texas to campaign on his behalf in October. Last week, Biden’s running mate, California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, visited McAllen, Houston and Fort Worth; Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez completed a statewide swing through Texas on Monday.

                <p>This article originally appeared in <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/">The Texas Tribune</a> at <a href="https://www.texastribune.org/2020/11/03/trump-biden-texas-presidential/">https://www.texastribune.org/2020/11/03/trump-biden-texas-presidential/</a>.</p>
                <link rel="canonical" href="https://www.texastribune.org/2020/11/03/trump-biden-texas-presidential/">
                
close

Oh hi there 👋
It’s nice to meet you.

Sign up to receive awesome content in your inbox.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Latest News

Robert Francis: Thanksgiving 1954

If, god forbid, my home ever catches on fire, I would make sure my family was safe, then the pets (my wife might say...

Commentary: Empower future doctors by keeping medical education affordable

Is going to medical school still a good investment? As the cost of medical education rises, some would-be future doctors are no doubt beginning...

Literacy Accord of the city, the Fort Worth ISD and Read Fort Worth formalized

Read Fort Worth, Fort Worth ISD and the City of Fort Worth have reaffirmed their commitment to assuring that FWISD PK-3rd grade students continue...

Bass Hall announces plans for reopening in 2021

There are plans for the reopening of Bass Hall. Performing Arts Fort Worth, the nonprofit owner and operator of Bass Performance Hall, announced a phased...

New ownership at WineHaus

WineHaus Fort Worth announced a change in ownership and updates to the popular wine bar located at 1628 Park Place Ave. New owners Robyn Davis...