Bernie Sanders overtakes Joe Biden in latest Texas poll

by | Feb 14, 2020 | 2020 Elections, Politics

This story initially reported on the Tribune poll incorrectly. It has been updated.

New polling from the Texas Tribune and the University of Texas released on Friday shows a shift in the Democratic presidential primary.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has taken the lead in Texas with 24 percent of support among Democratic voters, followed closely by former Vice President Joe Biden at 22 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 15 percent and Michael Bloomberg at 10 percent.

And the president remains under water among all voters in the state; more than half of those polled wouldn’t re-elect him.

This is the first Texas-specific poll showing Sanders ahead in the Lone Star State. 

Prior to that, Biden had a comfortable lead since the beginning of the primaries. 

Despite Sanders overtaking the former vice president, Biden’s support in Texas has only diminished slightly since the last UT-Texas Tribune poll in November, where he held 23 percent of support. The same poll showed Sanders in fourth place at the time.

The Vermont Senator’s strong showing in the state comes days after his campaign announced it was opening three new field offices and a headquarters in Texas, and about a week after the campaign announced it would invest $5.5 million in television and digital ad buys in Super Tuesday states, including Texas.

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Fernando covers Texas politics and government at the Texas Signal. Before joining the Signal, Fernando spent two years at the Houston Chronicle and previously interned at Houston’s NPR station News 88.7. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, and enjoys reading, highlighting things, and arguing on social media. You can follow him on Twitter at @fernramirez93 or email at

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