- 28 Oct 16
Normally a Republican stronghold, Texas has become one of the fiercest Presidential battlegrounds, with Donald Trump's lead over Hillary Clinton rapidly dwindling. Alt-right talk show hosts, errant libertarians and Satan himself star in an election story worthy of the great Hunter S. himself.
For the first time since 1976 when then incumbent Republican president Gerald Ford spectacularly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, Texas may go Democrat in the upcoming US Presidential election.
Six weeks ago Republican candidate Donald Trump had a 9% lead over Hillary Clinton; now the latest University of Houston poll shows him just 3% to the good, which is within the standard margin of error. By contrast, at this stage of the respective 2008 and 2012 campaigns, John McCain and Mitt Romney had 12 and 16-point leads over their Democrat rivals.
The shift in support is not as surprising as it might sound. Hispanics, who make up 45% of Texas’ population, have registered in substantial numbers this time around, assuring increased support for Clinton, who must have ‘high-fived’ Bill when Trump started mouthing off about the Great Wall of Mexico.