Texas campaigns gear up as presidential race is in single digits

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — You will likely get a phone call or a knock on your door in the weeks ahead, from both campaigns. Now they have new details on how they’re doing.

Thursday morning, the latest Texas Lyceum poll showed Donald Trump up by seven percentage points among likely voters, but up only one percent among registered voters. In that poll, the highest third party candidate was Gary Johnson with nine percent.

This fall the election will follow you many places. Even to the bar.

“Beer drinkers can’t be wrong,” Thomas Neeley told Jerome Frigillana sitting at the Flying Saucer Bar at the Triangle, “because there’s like a hundred million of us or whatever.”

This week Flying Saucer in Austin debuted their special election glasses. Beer glasses for who would be the first woman President and the reality TV star who grabbed America’s attention. The bar keeps track of how many people purchase each one and it’s a close race after just one day. Since 2004, this poll’s picked the eventual winner.

“Come here, have a beer, talk to folks, figure it out,” said Neeley.

“Bringing people together. Doesn’t matter who you support. Everybody is having fun,” said Jeff Bonecutter, manager at the Flying Saucer.

The race is tighter in Texas than usual and slowly you’ll be seeing more people like Will Davies from the Travis County Democratic Party. Not just getting people excited for the top of the ticket but all Democrats.

“Just literature with Democratic candidates on the ballot in this area,” said Davies. Republicans of course want it the other way around.

“Let’s work hard and make sure our state officials get the jobs that they’ve been really good at for the last few years,” said Al Uranga, volunteering at the Victory headquarters in downtown Austin.

More and more downtown Austin phone banks will be held as they try and keep this election, just like the others, double digit victories.

The election day is less than eight weeks away.

Vice President Joe Biden will be in town Friday to meet privately with party donors. Austin-Bergstrom is giving us the heads up. That’s because air traffic will stop for a bit, as the vice president’s plane lands. Trump will visits Houston this weekend for fundraising.

The latest financial reports show the Clinton campaign committee has raised more than $13 million in Texas. Trump’s campaign committee has raised just over $5 million in Texas.

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