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Trump Jumps To Double-Digit Lead Over Biden In State Targeted By Dems

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Former President Donald 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.

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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.

Earlier this week, Trump accepted Biden’s offer for two debates ahead of early voting that is slated to begin in the fall. However, some leading Democrats are already expressing concerns about the agreement, perhaps because of Biden’s apparently cognitive decline.

After Trump said he was in, Biden said in a post on X that he “received and accepted an invitation” from CNN for a debate on June 27.  “Over to you, Donald. As you said: anywhere, any time, any place,” Biden wrote.

The proposal, initially detailed by the Biden-Harris campaign in a letter to the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates on Wednesday morning, moves away from the longstanding tradition of three fall debates organized by the commission.

Following the announcement, Trump told Fox News that he would agree to the incumbent Democrat’s proposed timeline.

“Crooked Joe Biden is the worst debater I have ever faced – he can’t put two sentences together,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “Crooked is also the worst president in the history of the United States, by far.”

Trump also told the outlet that “it is time for a debate to take place – even if it has to be held through the offices of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which are totally controlled by Democrats and who, as people remember, got caught cheating with me with debate sound levels.”

“I’m ready to go,” Trump said. “The dates that they proposed are fine. Anywhere. Anytime. Any place. Let’s see if Joe can make it to the stand-up podium.”

Some Democrats, however, are voicing concerns. On Wednesday, Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed her personal views on the debates.

“I myself would never recommend going on stage with Donald Trump, but the president has decided that’s what he wants to do,” Pelosi said, Fox News reported. “I think the format he is suggesting is a good one.”

The California Democrat also suggested that instead of a debate, she would prefer to see “separate town hall meetings” for each candidate to let the audience “challenge them with questions about the future.”

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