Supporters of Republican Beth Van Duyne reacts to Texas' 24th U.S. Congressional District candidate as she delivered her acceptance speech during the Tarrant County GOP election watch party at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Van Duyne is running against Democrat Candace Valenzuela. AP
President Donald Trump has won Texas and its 38 electoral votes despite a furious, late push by Democrats to turn America’s biggest red state blue.
An avalanche of early votes fed Democrats’ high hopes of ending decades of losses in Texas, where polls showed Joe Biden running unusually close. But Trump carried Texas for a second straight year.
Trump won Texas by 9 percentage points in 2016 and all but took a win here for granted. He didn’t swing through Texas for campaign rallies or swamp television airwaves, and his conservative allies on the ground scoffed at Biden’s chances as a far reach.
Trump sought to make an issue out of Biden’s answer during their final presidential debate that Biden would “transition away from the oil industry” if elected president. Texas is among the swing states with voters who depend on the oil industry to make a living.