Republican Grip Weakens in Reliable Stronghold, Texas


Voice of America


Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump may be in trouble in the most important Republican stronghold state – Texas. Republican candidate John McCain won the Lone Star State by 12 percentage points in 2008 and Mitt Romney won it by 16 points in 2012, but a recent poll shows only a 6 percent gap between Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Texas is important because of its 38 electoral votes, second only to Democratic stronghold California, which has 55. If Trump has to invest time and resources in heavily Republican Texas, it will diminish his efforts in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, where the electorate is more evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans.