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Austin American-Statesman: Pelosi: Texas is ‘ground zero’ in 2020

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the Travis County Democratic Party’s annual dinner Monday night that “Texas is ground zero for us in the next election.” The results of a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune survey released Tuesday suggest she might be right.

“When it turns, and it will soon, it will make all the difference right here in Texas and in the lives of individuals, it will make a difference in the country, and it will make a difference in the world,” Pelosi told the packed crowd of 1,000 people at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

According to the poll, an internet survey of 1,200 registered voters conducted Feb. 15-24, it appears that Texas could be on the line in the 2020 presidential race, with roughly half of respondents saying they would choose a candidate other than President Donald Trump if the election were held now.

Forty-five percent said they would “definitely vote for someone else,” while 39 percent said they would “definitely vote to re-elect Donald Trump.” Add in the 10 percent who say they would “probably vote to re-elect Donald Trump,” and the 6 percent who said they would “probably vote for someone else,” and it is a virtual draw.

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