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Political Roundup: Does Nationwide Polling Matter When States Decide Presidential Nominations?

We break down the week’s biggest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.

New national and state polls are clarifying who's leading the way in the Democratic Presidential and U.S. Senate nomination races in Texas and across the county. Except, no, they're not. And they come as those candidates hold debates ahead of more primaries and caucuses.

In our weekly political roundup, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen asks whether nationwide polling really matters when Presidential nominations are decided by delegates, state-by-state and the general election is decided by the Electoral College — not the popular vote.

He discusses that question and other developments in national, state, and local politics with the help of:

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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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