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US Election 2020: Texas officially rated ‘toss-up’ state by expert

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Texas is officially rated a ‘toss-up’ by respected political forecaster as votes ALREADY cast in the state reach 91% of 2016 total with seven days to go

  • Texas was named toss-up state by respected election forecaster The Cook Political Report
  • Shocking development came with six days to the election
  • A Biden win in Texas would end Trump’s hopes for a second term
  • Biden campaign sending Kamala Harris to Texas on Friday
  • Trump has been attacking Biden’s energy policy, a huge issue in Texas
  • Also, 8 million Texas have already voted – nearly 91 percent of 2016 vote total

By Emily Goodin, Senior U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com

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Texas, long a Republican stronghold, was declared a toss-up state Wednesday by the respected election forecaster The Cook Political Report – a shocking pronouncement with less than a week to go in the presidential election.

Democrats have long argued the state, with is massive haul of 38 electoral votes, is trending their way thanks to its growing Latino population.

‘Texas’ shift from Lean Republican to Toss Up shouldn’t come as a surprise,’ writes Cook Report National Editor Amy Walter in her analysis. ‘Recent polling in the state — both public and private – shows a 2-4 point race’ between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

The RealClearPolitics polling average of polls in Texas shows Trump leading by 2.6 points.  

A Joe Biden win in Texas would end President Trump’s hopes for a second term

President Donald Trump has been attacking Biden’s energy policy, a huge issue in Texas

Those numbers reflect the result in the state’s hotly-contested and closely watched Senate race in 2018, where GOP Senator Ted Cruz defeated Democratic rival Beto O’Rourke by a mere three points: 51 per cent to 48 per cent. 

A Democrat has not won the state in a presidential election since 1976. Trump won Texas by 9 points in 2016. 

A Biden win in Texas would end Trump’s hopes of a second term in the White House. 

The Biden campaign is sending running mate Kamala Harris to the Lone Star State on Friday, where she’ll campaign in Fort Worth, McAllen, and Houston.

‘Texas could make Biden president and avert any constitutional nightmare,’ O’Rourke told Politico, referring to concerns among Democrats that Trump will legally contest ballots in battleground states if the 2020 result is close. O’Rourke has been advocating for Biden to campaign in the state.

Additionally, voting is reaching record levels in the state.

As of Tuesday, nearly 8 million Texans had cast ballots, approaching 91% of the entire 2016 vote – a higher percentage than any state in the country, according to the Election Project.

The Biden campaign is sending running mate Kamala Harris to the Lone Star State on Friday

Deirdre Barrett wears a protective mask as she waits in line to cast her ballot in Houston

A Pizza to the Polls staff member hands out free food and drinks to local community members in Houston as part of early voting day on Saturday, Oct. 24, when early voting began

Trump has tried to hurt Biden in Texas by attacking his stance on oil and energy, aided by a mistake Biden made in their final presidential debate. 

His campaign has tried to turn Biden’s remark about a ‘transition from the oil industry’ into a major scandal.

The president called it ‘perhaps the most shocking admission ever uttered in the history of presidential debates.’ 

But it’s unclear if the president’s push is catching fire among voters, particularly in the mist of a global pandemic and downward economy. 

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