AUSTIN (KXAN) — With nine weeks left to go until Americans go to the polls, it’s getting close in Texas. The newest in a trend of tightening polls is the Washington Post/Survey Monkey poll showing Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump by one percent in Texas.
“In 1996 I was in a congressional race. At that point in time and I realized that I was a republican and a conservative,” said Jenifer Sarver. She worked for Republican office holders for 20 years and voted that way too, until Donald Trump.
“I’m going to be a ticket-splitter. I plan to vote for Hillary at the top of the ticket and then vote R all the way down because I am a Republican, I don’t believe that Donald Trump is,” said Sarver.
She points out for the first time since 1968 the Dallas Morning News is not endorsing the GOP candidate.
“It speaks to Texas’ diverse new majority and them understanding which party is fighting for them,” said Manny Garcia, Executive Director for the Texas Democratic Party.
He hopes tightening polls bring in more national candidates, volunteers and money to support their statewide efforts.
“What we’re really focused on is permanent infrastructure,” said Garcia.
But Republican strategist Matt Mackowiack says Texas is still solidly in Trump’s camp.
“I don’t think the poll is credible and I’ll tell you why,” said Mackowiack. He says the Washington Post poll was too broad, over too many days and was online instead or over the phone. Polls are usually taken over two or three days by phone. This latest poll was taken online over three weeks.
Mackowiack says he won’t worry about the GOP’s chances until he sees political ads in local media.
“If you turn on the five o clock news on KXAN or six o clock news on KXAN and you see that thirty second ad from Hillary. That will be… not just be a political earthquake but that will be a significant development that will show Hillary thinks Texas is winnable,” said Mackowiack.
The last time Texas went Democratic was 1976, voting to elect Jimmy Carter as president.
Texas is expected to have a greater influence following the 2020 census and if the total population continues to rise. After the last census we picked up four more votes in the electoral college.
Donald Trump was also here this month to raise money and hold a public rally.
Democratic Vice Presidential Pick Tim Kaine will be back in Austin later this month. He’ll be here Friday,Sept. 23 for two fundraisers. Kaine was in Austin fundraising for Clinton last month.