February 2, 2020

Ex-Big Apple Boss Flexes Muscle in New Texas Poll
that Shows Mama as Serious U.S. Senate Contender

By Mike Hailey
Capitol Inside Editor

Michael Bloomberg could be on the verge of throwing a wrench into the Democratic presidential competition in the nation's most critical battleground state based on the results of a new Texas poll that the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler teamed up to take in the past two weeks.

The survey of 1,169 registered voters found the former New York City mayor in a statistical tie with President Donald Trump in a hypothetical general election pairing in the Lone Star State that the Republicans have to win to keep to keep their hopes alive in the battle for the White House in 2020.

Former Vice-President Joe Biden had a substantial lead among Democratic voters in Texas with 35 percent support here in the poll that the newspaper and the East Texas college conducted over the course of nine days late last month. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont was a distant second here with 18 percent of the Democratic voters who participated in the survey in his corner.

Bloomberg cracked double digits for the first time in Texas since his belated emergence as a candidate last fall with 16 percent support in the DMN-UT Tyler survey that had him tied here with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

But Bloomberg appeared to be even stronger here when he trailed by Trump by a mere 3 percentage points here in a possible November showdown that the new poll sought to gauge. The Republican incumbent led Bloomberg 45 percent to 42 percent in Texas in the collaborative survey.

The survey found Trump leading Biden by only 2 points in Texas with 44 percent in a potential duel at the top of the ticket this fall. Trump had a 6-point lead on Sanders here while polling 9 points higher than Warren in Texas.

The Morning News-UT Tyler survey raised the specter that Sanders' relatively strong showing last week in a new Texas Lyceum poll might have been inflated. The poll the group of business and civic leaders commissioned in January had Biden up on Sanders by only 2 points here with 28 percent and 26 percent support respectively.

But the DMN-UT Tyler poll found a similar lack of interest among Democratic voters in the battle for the nomination in the race for the job that Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn will attempt to defend in the number two contest on the Texas ballot this year.

MJ Hegar - a Georgetown Democrat who ran for Congress without success in 2018 - led a crowded field of Democratic contenders in the U.S. Senate race with 8 percent in the new poll that found State Senator Royce West of Dallas in second with 6 percent.

But the Dallas Morning News-UT Tyler poll gave Cornyn and the Republicans cause for chuckling with political unknown Annie "Mama" Garcia running third among Democrats in the U.S. Senate race with 5 percent support.

Austin labor organizer Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez had a short-lived bubble popped when the poll found her with only 4 percent support in January just two months after the University of Texas at Tyler had her leading the Democratic pack of U.S. Senate hopefuls with 9 percent. Ramirez was tied for fourth with Houston City Council member Amanda Edwards in the DMN-UT Tyler survey.

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