Biden stretches lead to 17 points in Texas: poll

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s lead in Texas grew to 17 points ahead of his closest Democratic presidential primary competitor in the state, according to a new poll. 

Biden is leading with 35 percent support, based on the Dallas Morning News-University of Texas at Tyler poll released Sunday. 

He has a 17-point lead over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), who registered at 18 percent in the poll. Biden’s lead over Sanders was only 9 points in polls conducted by the Texas university in September and November. 


Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) is tied for third with former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE, each registering at 16 percent support, based on the poll. Bloomberg, a billionaire self-financing his campaign, has been focusing on Super Tuesday states, including Texas, after opting to skip the first four nominating contests which his opponents are campaigning in. 

No other candidates registered in double digit support. 

Biden’s support is strongest among surveyed black Democrat or Democratic-leaning independents, based on the poll. He has the support of 50 percent of black voters in Texas, whereas Sanders only garnered 18 percent of black support. 

Biden is also leading with white voters in the state, at 27 percent support, and Hispanic voters, at 33 percent support. 

Sanders, however, has the most enthusiastic support among voters who said they backed him in Texas. The poll found 71 percent of likely Democratic voters who support the Vermont senators said they were “very enthusiastic” to vote for him, whereas only 58 percent said so about Biden, 55 percent said so about Bloomberg, and 53 percent said so about Warren. 

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The poll found 67 percent of likely Democratic voters said they are “very enthusiastic” about businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE, but he only registered at 3 percent support. 

The poll was conducted between Jan. 21 and 30, and surveyed 1,169 registered voters, including 427 voters who identify with the Democratic party or independents that lean toward the party. There is a margin of error of 4.44 percentage points.

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