Biden, O'Rourke lead 2020 Democrats in Texas


Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) lead the field of 2020 Democratic candidates in Texas, according to a poll released Monday.

Biden received the support of the 23 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the Lone Star state, while O'Rourke was the favored pick for 22 percent of respondents.

“It looks like Beto O’Rourke does not have Texas locked up," Spencer Kimball, director of the Emerson Poll, said in a statement.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was the only other candidate to top 10 percent in Emerson's survey, polling third at 17 percent.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg polled at 8 percent and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had 7 percent, both ahead of the other Texas candidate in the race, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who was picked by 4 percent of respondents.

The Emerson College poll surveyed 342 likely Texas Democratic primary voters between April 25-28. The sample has a margin of error of 5.3 points.

Texas's growing Democratic base could make it a swing state in the 2020 election.

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