Former Vice President Joe Biden leads the Democratic presidential primary field by 6 points in Texas, according to a new poll.
Twenty-four percent of Lone Star State Democratic primary voters said they would choose Biden, based on the Texas Lyceum survey released Thursday. He’s trailed by former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, whom 18 percent of voters picked as their top candidate.
O’Rourke’s support is much higher in his home state than nationally, based on polls. A RealClearPolitics average of national polls shows O’Rourke at 2.1 percent support, far behind the top-tier candidates.
Texas-born Julián Castro, a former Housing and Urban Development secretary, is tied at 4 percent with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
The question regarding the 2020 field surveyed 358 voters who said they would vote in the Democratic primary between Aug. 16 and 25. The margin of error is plus or minor 5.18 percentage points.
President Trump won Texas in 2016, but Democrats are looking to seize on the state, which recent elections have shown to be growing more purple.
In 2018, O’Rourke narrowly lost a Senate election to Sen. Ted Cruz (R).
Texas is one of 15 states to hold its primary on March 3, Super Tuesday.