Posted 35 days ago
It’s been nearly half a century since a Democrat won Texas in a presidential election — you’ve got to go back to then-former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter in 1976.
But the Cook Report, a leading nonpartisan political handicapper, on Wednesday moved its presidential race rating of Texas from lean Republican to toss-up.
The Cook Report’s Amy Walter highlighted that the state is “more competitive than ever.”
“Texas' shift from Lean Republican to Toss Up shouldn't come as a surprise. Recent polling in the state ‒ both public and private ‒ shows a 2-4 point race,” she noted.
The longtime ruby red state has become more competitive in recent years.
President Trump won Texas by nine points in the 2016 election, down from Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s 16-point win over President Obama in the state in 2012. And two years ago, Democrat Rep. Beto O’Rourke – then a congressman from El Paso - came extremely close to knoc... (Read more)