Democratic candidate Joe Biden should have a good chance of beating President Donald Trump before the presidential elections in Texas on Tuesday. However, since the vast majority of the estimated votes have been counted, the former vice president is well on his way to bring home the fewest districts of any Democratic candidate since John Kerry in 2004.
At the time of writing this article, Biden has won 21 precincts and more than 46 percent of the Texas vote, with about 96 percent of the estimated votes counted, according to the New York Times.
The former vice president’s most notable victories in the state of Lone Star took place in major cities like Dallas County, where he won with more than two-thirds of the vote. The Democratic candidate has also recorded victories in Travis County, home to Austin, and in El Paso County on the New Mexico border.
But the former vice president is still well on his way to losing the state by a significant margin after several pre-election polls showed that he outperformed Trump or came within a single percentage point of the incumbent president.
“We CEPT Texas Red! Thank you, voting Republicans!” The Republican Party of Texas twittered after the state was called to Trump on election night. Later it added its thanks to voters in the districts along the Rio Grande Valley who supported the president.
The Biden campaign has yet to make a statement about its defeat in the Lone Star State. Washington Newsday has contacted the Texas Democratic Party to comment on Biden’s loss at the Lone Star State. This article will be updated with each response.
The counting of Biden’s districts in Texas seems to be a slip-up in relation to Hillary Clinton’s performance from district to district in that state four years ago. While the former Secretary of State’s share of the vote was 3 points below Biden’s at the time of writing this article, she won six other counties, including La Salle County and Frio County.
Former President Barack Obama conquered 24 Texas counties in 2012 when he fought off Mitt Romey for a second term in the White House – an improvement of 3 over Biden’s current record. Four years earlier, Obama had won 28 Lone Star State districts as the first Democratic candidate.
But his predecessor, John Kerry, did worse than Biden in his 2004 bid to remove George W. Bush from the White House. The then Democratic candidate won only 18 wards in the state, paving the way for Bush’s re-election in the midst of the Iraq war.
When he ran for president on Tuesday, Biden was predicted to trail Trump in Texas by just over one percentage point, according to the average of fifty-eight percent of the state’s head-to-head polls.
The Economist’s forecast model placed the former vice president just over 2 points behind Trump, giving the Democrat only a 30 percent chance of winning the state on election day.