‘Not seen since George W. Bush’: Trump pulls Texas Hispanic support

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As President Donald Trump steadily wins over key voting blocs, the 45th president is now swaying Texas Hispanics at a “level of support not seen since George W. Bush,” one poll indicates.

While last month New York Times/Siena College polls showed that Trump was gaining among young voters, women, Hispanics, and Blacks, new polling from Texas indicated that Hispanics are swaying towards the 45th president.

In a poll conducted by the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation (TxHPF) between April 5-10, Trump holds a 4-point lead over Biden among the key voting bloc.

Sampling 1,600 Texas likely voters the foundation found that Trump’s 41 percent hold over Biden’s 37 percent is driven largely by “evangelical Hispanics and Hispanic males.”

“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,” TxHPF CEO Jason Villalba stated.  

“This, however, is the first time we have seen a Republican statewide candidate attract a majority of Texas likely Hispanic voters. 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,” Villalba continued.

The poll additionally showed that Trump has a large lead among immigrants, as he sat at 50 percent, leading Biden by 15 points, who was polled at 35 percent. While Biden led by 1 point among first-generation immigrant voters, Trump held a ten-point lead over the president among second-generation immigrants.

Reports indicate that as Trump has begun to pull voters from the Democratic president, the Biden campaign is allegedly ramping efforts to reach Hispanic voters, according to Politico. By placing ads on ESPN Deportes and La Liga in order to reach Latin voters at soccer games, both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris set up a slew of Hispanic media interviews last month in order to target the audience.

“I think that Latino voters know how much is at stake,” Biden campaign’s Latino engagement director Michelle Villegas told the outlet. “But there is an information gap. Our job on this campaign is to reach folks and connect the dots.”

Overall in Texas, Trump holds an 8.7 percent lead over Biden across nine polls, according to The Hill.

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