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Donald Trump Reveals Where He Plans To Retire

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Former President Donald Trump made an interesting revelation this week about his future plans.

The announcement came after receiving an endorsement from the National Rival Association, another significant moment in Trump’s enduring relationship with gun owners.

“I want to move to Texas and I want to retire in Texas… a lot of people are moving to Texas,” said Trump, who visited the state 18 times during his presidency and 13 times after his tenure in the White House.

It’s unclear whether Trump’s statement was a definitive commitment or a gesture of camaraderie to his supporters. However, it aligns with his previous decision to relocate from New York to Florida during his presidency.

Trump’s move to Mar-a-Lago in Florida was not only due to its appealing climate but also its favorable tax benefits—a practical move he might consider again with Texas.

At the convention, Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX), rallied thousands of attendees, urging them to cast their votes for Trump in the upcoming 2024 presidential race to safeguard their Second Amendment rights. The convention hall was buzzing with energy as Trump and Abbott addressed a sea of NRA members, many of whom were wearing iconic red caps and attire adorned with images of the former president.

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“The NRA has stood with me from the very beginning, and with your vote, I will stand strong for your rights and liberties,” Trump said. “I heard it a few weeks ago that if gun owners voted, we would swamp them at levels that nobody’s ever seen before. I think you’re a rebellious bunch, but let’s be rebellious and vote this time.”

Trump also said nice things about Governor Abbott. After he started transporting migrants from the Texas-Mexico border to big cities like New York, Chicago, and Denver, Abbott became famous nationwide and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

“We’re also grateful to be joined by a very special man. He’s a hot politician, very hot,” Trump remarked about Abbott. “You’re a hot politician, Greg. You know why he’s hot… because he’s doing a good job.”

“Now more than ever, we must fight to protect our Second Amendment rights. According to the NRA, Texas has passed more significant Second Amendment protections than any other state,” Abbot said over the weekend.

Trump is leading President Joe Biden in Texas by twice his margin of victory four years ago in the race for Texas’ 40 electoral votes, according to a recent poll.

Also, according to the Marist College survey released this month, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz leading Democratic opponent Rep. Colin Allred by six points in a crucial Senate contest as the GOP looks to recapture the majority in the chamber in November’s elections.

In 2020, Trump narrowly defeated Biden in Texas by about 5.5 points, marking the closest victory for a Republican presidential candidate in the deeply red state in almost 25 years.

Among registered voters, the former president leads his successor in the White House by 11 points (55%–44%), according to the Marist poll. That said, Trump’s advantage among those who say they will definitely cast a ballot in the November election drops to 7 points (53%–46%).

“Independents, who Biden carried by 6 percentage points in 2020, now break for Trump. Trump receives 56% of Texas independents to 41% for Biden,” the release from Marist highlights.

According to the poll, Trump has significantly increased his support among Black and Latino voters, while Biden appears to have lost ground with younger voters.

According to the poll, Cruz, the conservative firebrand seeking a third six-year term in the Senate to represent Texas, leads Allred 51% to 45% of registered voters.

Allred is a three-term congressman from a suburban Dallas district and a former NFL player. Cruz leads Allred by about the same margin among likely voters.

“Among independents, Cruz (50%) is up by eight percentage points against Allred (42%),” a release from Marist spotlights. “There is a wide gender gap. Cruz (59%) carries men by 21 percentage points over Allred (38%). Allred (52%) tops Cruz (44%) among women.”

Allred is not well known, even though the contentious Cruz has a 45%–43% favorable/unfavorable rating in the most recent poll.

Of those surveyed, 53% claimed not to have heard of Allred at all or that they didn’t know enough about him to respond to the question.

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