Trump, Cruz Lead in New Texas Poll

Former President Donald Trump
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A new Texas poll shows former President Donald Trump with a strong lead against President Joe Biden, and Sen. Ted Cruz holding a steady lead against Rep. Colin Allred.

The Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation poll conducted between April 5 and 10 shows Trump leading Biden 48% to 36% when third-party candidates are included. This lead shrinks to 10 percentage points in a head-to-head between Trump and Biden. Cruz leads Allred at 46% to 41% for the U.S. Senate seat in Texas.

The poll included responses from 1,600 likely voters in Texas and has a margin of error of 2.45%. It showed Robert F. Kennedy pulling 9% support.

Trump won the Hispanic vote in the poll by 4 percentage points over Biden at 41% to 37%. Yet Cruz underperformed the Republican presidential candidate, with likely Texas Hispanic voters favoring Allred by 5 percentage points.

Nevertheless, Jason Villalba, the CEO of the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation and a former Republican state representative, said the results show that Republicans are continuing to gain ground with Hispanics.

“Over the most recent election cycles, Texas Hispanics have shown a growing willingness to consider, and ultimately vote for, Republican candidates, especially at the Presidential level,” he said in a press release.

“This, however, is the first time we have seen a Republican statewide candidate attract a majority of Texas likely Hispanic voters,” he continued. “Trump’s appeal to Hispanic evangelicals and men has helped him cobble together a level of support from Hispanics not seen since George W. Bush.”

A Marist poll in Texas last month had similar results for likely voters overall, as reported by The Dallas Express. It showed Trump leading Biden by 11 percentage points in a head-to-head race and Cruz leading Allred by 6 percentage points.

The RealClearPolitics aggregate average of polling data shows a tie between Trump and Biden at the national level. Cruz has held a steady lead over Allred in polls over the past two months.

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