Texas Looked in Play for Biden. Instead, He's Set to Win Fewest Counties of Any Democratic Candidate Since John Kerry

Democratic nominee Joe Biden was slated to have a close chance of beating President Donald Trump in Texas ahead of Tuesday's presidential election. But, with the vast majority of estimated votes counted, the former vice president is on track to take home the fewest counties of any Democratic candidate since John Kerry in 2004.

At the time of writing, Biden has won 21 counties and more than 46 percent of the vote in Texas with approximately 96 percent of estimated ballots counted, according to The New York Times.

The ex-vice president's most notable wins in the Lone Star State have taken place in metropolitan areas such as Dallas County, where he won with more than two thirds of the vote. The Democratic candidate has also recorded wins in Travis County, the home of Austin, and El Paso County on the border of New Mexico.

Former Vice President Joe Biden in Texas
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden watches from the stage as Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks during a campaign event on March 2 in Dallas. Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

But the former vice president is still on track to lose the state by a clear margin after several pre-election polls showed him ahead of Trump, or within a single percentage point of tying with the incumbent president.

"We KEPT Texas Red!! Thank you, voting Republicans!!" The Texas Republican Party tweeted after the state was called for Trump on election night. It later added thanks to voters in counties along the Rio Grande Valley who backed the president.

The Biden campaign has not yet issued a statement on its defeat in the Lone Star State. Newsweek has contacted the Texas Democratic Party for comment on Biden's loss in the Lone Star State. This article will be updated with any response.

Biden's county tally in Texas appears to be a slip on Hillary Clinton's county-by-county performance in the state four years ago. While the former secretary of state's vote share was 3 points lower than Biden's at the time of writing, she won six more counties, including La Salle County and Frio County.

Former President Barack Obama took 24 Texas counties in 2012 as he fended off Mitt Romey for a second term in the White House—an improvement of 3 on Biden's current tally. Four years earlier, Obama won 28 counties in the Lone Star State as a first-time Democratic nominee.

But his predecessor, John Kerry, performed worse than Biden during his 2004 bid to remove George W. Bush from the White House. The then-Democratic candidate picked up just 18 counties in the state, paving the way for Bush's re-election amid the Iraq War.

As he headed into Tuesday's presidential election, Biden was forecast to be a little more than 1 percentage point behind Trump in Texas, according to the FiveThirtyEight average of head-to-head polls in the state.

The Economist's forecast model put the former vice president a little more than 2 points behind Trump, and only gave the Democrat a 30 percent chance of winning the state on Election Day.