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Could Texas Really Be Up for Grabs in the 2016 Presidential Race?

On Monday (Sept. 5, 2016), the Washington Post unveiled a new poll on the U.S. presidential race, which was conducted in recent weeks in all 50 states. That it found the race tightening was not too surprising. But one revelation was: that the Post’s poll, conducted in partnership with SurveyMonkey, found Republican Donald Trump and […]

TXDecides Logo Election PoliticsOn Monday (Sept. 5, 2016), the Washington Post unveiled a new poll on the U.S. presidential race, which was conducted in recent weeks in all 50 states. That it found the race tightening was not too surprising.

But one revelation was: that the Post's poll, conducted in partnership with SurveyMonkey, found Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton neck and neck in Texas.

Yes, you read that right.

Now, no other major poll has yet shown this. That might have something to do with how the Washington Post and SurveyMonkey poll was conducted.

We learn about the methodology used from Washington Post polling manager Scott Clement.

Then, we discuss whether the Lone Star State is really in play in the presidential race for the first time in decades (Texas has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1976). We talk with area political scientists Bob Stein from Rice University, and Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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