Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is only up by six points in Texas, according to a new poll out Tuesday.
Trump leads Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton 44 percent to 38 percent in a Public Policy Polling survey of Texas voters, with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson getting 6 percent and the Green Party’s Jill Stein at 2 percent. In a head-to-head contest, Trump leads Clinton 50-44.
A Republican presidential nominee hasn’t lost Texas since 1976, when Jimmy Carter beat Gerald Ford.
Trump’s standing is even more shocking compared to the past performances of GOP nominees in Texas. Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama by nearly 16 points in 2012. John McCain beat Obama by nearly 12 points. George W. Bush won by more than 20 points in both of his presidential races in Texas.
PPP found Trump’s advantage in the state solely comes from his standing with voters 65 and older: 63-33 over Clinton. Voters under 65 prefer Clinton 49-45. Clinton’s lead is even more pronounced when analyzing voters under 45, where she leads 60-35 against Trump.
Trump has a 69-25 lead with white voters in the state, but Clinton has a 73-21 lead with non-white voters in Texas.
Both candidates are unpopular with Texas voters. Clinton has a 36 percent favorability rating, but Trump is only marginally better with a 40 percent favorability rating.
The poll's margin of error was +/-3.2 percent.