Bernie Sanders Doubles Lead Over Biden Among Texas Hispanic Voters Going Into Super Tuesday Primary, Poll Shows

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders catapulted far ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden in Texas polls showing him with more than twice as much support among Hispanic primary voters.

Sanders more than doubled Biden's support among Texas' large constituency of Latino Democrats and Latino independents who lean toward the Democratic Party, amassing 42 percent versus Biden's 18 percent. In the same poll, conducted last month by the University of Texas at Tyler and Dallas Morning News, Biden was leading Sanders among both Hispanic and overall likely Democratic primary voters in next Tuesday's contest.

Sanders has spent a significant amount of time personally campaigning across Texas and a separate NBC News/Marist College poll also released Sunday shows him with a double-digit lead over Biden and the rest of the Democratic candidates in the Lone Star state.

The UT-Tyler poll released Sunday shows Sanders as the front-runner among all Texas Democratic primary voters, with 29 percent of support versus billionaire Michael Bloomberg in second with 21 percent and Biden trailing in third with 19 percent.

Biden's support among Texas' Hispanic voters, white voters and African-American voters has fallen significantly among each Democratic Party voter demographic. Last month's UT-Tyler poll showed Bloomberg as a distant fourth with only 12 percent of support, but that number has nearly doubled to place him ahead of the former vice president. And among African-American voters in Texas, Biden's lead has been literally cut in half from the staggering 50 percent he held in January to just 25 percent in February.

Sanders is now statistically tied with Biden among Texas' African-American voters, with Bloomberg behind him in third with 17 percent.

Sanders, who was holding a San Antonio, Texas rally when he learned the results of his landslide victory in the Nevada caucuses last week, announced Sunday his campaign had their best fundraising month of the entire 2020 election season. The Sanders campaign raised more than $46 million in February from approximately 2.2 million separate donations. In total, Sanders has pulled in $167 million, which is far ahead of every other Democratic presidential candidate.

"I am an existential threat to the corporate wing of the Democratic Party. For too long the Democratic Party and leaders have been going to rich peoples' homes raising money and they've ignored the working class and the middle class," Sanders declared on ABC's This Week program Sunday morning.

The NBC News/Marist poll released Sunday appeared to corroborate the UT-Texas data showing Sanders as the clear front-runner in Texas. Sanders is out ahead with 26 percent of support among Democrat or Independent primary voters, while Biden is in second with 24 percent. Bloomberg is in third with 15 percent and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is in fourth with 15 percent.

The same poll also showed Sanders with a slight edge over Biden in another Super Tuesday contest in North Carolina, which awards 110 delegates. Texas awards a total of 228 pledged delegates in the upcoming March 3 contest.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders catapulted far ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden in Texas polls showing him with more than twice as much support among Hispanic primary voters. DREW ANGERER / Staff/Getty Images
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