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Another Poll Shows a Tighter-Than-Expected Presidential Race in Texas

Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump points to the crowd at the Travis County Expo Center on August 23, 2016.
Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump points to the crowd at the Travis County Expo Center on August 23, 2016.

A new poll suggests GOP presidential nominee may not have the double-digit lead in Texas enjoyed by his predecessors heading into Election Day. 

The Texas Lyceum poll found Donald Trump leads Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by seven points among likely voters – 39 to 32 percent of respondents, respectively – in a four-way race.

Republicans have taken Texas handily in every presidential election since 2000, winning by double digits in each contest.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein garnered 9 percent and 3 percent among likely voters.

Seventeen percent of respondents said they were undecided in that poll.

This poll comes on the heels of an online-only, self-selecting poll last week from the Washington Post and Survey Monkey  painted a similar picture of the presidential race in Texas, intimating a possible Clinton win in the Lone Star State.

The Lyceum poll also suggested a four-point Clinton lead in Texas in a two-way race that didn’t include Johnson or Stein.

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Trump’s lead was pared down to a scant one-point margin among the wider pool of registered voters in the poll.

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Other results from the Lyceum poll released yesterday found a majority of Texans are opposed to building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border stop illegal immigration -- a proposal that's been a cornerstone of Trump's presidential campaign.

An online-only, self-selecting poll last week from the Washington Post and Survey Monkey painted a similar picture of the presidential race in Texas, intimating a possible Clinton win in the Lone Star State. The Lyceum poll also suggested a four-point Clinton lead in Texas in a two-way race that didn’t include Johnson or Stein.

The poll surveyed randomly-selected voters statewide by phone from Sept. 1 to 11, with an overall margin of error of 3.1 percent. You can view the full release from the Lyceum below.

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