President Trump leads rival Joe Biden by 6 in the state of Texas in a new Trafalgar poll.
Trump has 49.4% of the vote compared to Biden’s 43.4%.
In 2016, Trump won the state by a margin of 9%.
CBS News reported on Monday the Biden campaign announced a slate of staff hires aimed at flipping the historically conservative Lone Star State, last won by a Democratic presidential candidate in 1976 by Jimmy Carter.
The Biden campaign insists its push for the state’s 38 Electoral College votes is real.
“We are quite serious about putting [Texas] in play,” Jenn Ridder, the campaign’s national states director, told CBS News. “Increasingly we are seeing polls that show that there is real opportunity there for us.”
The CBS News Battleground Tracker in mid-July showed Biden just one point behind President Trump.
Six Texas Democratic operatives have already been hired, led by state director Rebecca Acuña, who was raised in Laredo and has worked in various roles in state and congressional politics.
President Trump’s handling of the pandemic has brought about the focus on the state, according to a Biden campaign official, and that message was broadcast briefly last month via a six-figure ad buy on Texas television.
“Joe Biden is also going to win Texas in the general election for three reasons,” Texas Congressman Filemon Vela, an early Biden endorser, told CBS News, “First, Donald Trump and Governor Abbott have made tactical decisions in their COVID response that is now killing Texans en masse. Second, Biden will defeat Trump in the Texas suburbs. Finally, from a historical perspective, Biden will outperform past Democratic candidates in the rural counties.”