Trump Tweets 'Way Ahead in Texas' But Polls Show Tight Race in Lone Star State

In the final stretch of the election campaign and with polls showing a tightening race in Texas, President Donald Trump has expressed his optimism about taking the Lone Star State.

In a late night tweet, Trump tweeted: "Way ahead in Texas!" although polling is showing that his lead as he bids to win the state for the Republicans for the 11th time in a row, is narrowing.

One survey by RMG Research carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday put Trump four points clear of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, 50 to 46, according to Real Clear Politics. A poll with a larger sample by Survey Monkey and carried out from October 1 to October 28 also put Trump four points clear of Biden, 51 to 47.

A poll released Thursday by UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion showed the candidates were closer, with Trump on 48 percent to Biden's 47 percent.

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President Donald Trump is seen on screen during in San Antonio, Texas during the final presidential debate on October 22. He has tweeted his confidence in taking the Lone Star State. Sergio Flores/Getty Images

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the race in the state has shifted from a "lean Republican" to a "toss up," according to the Cook Political Report, which said polling showed a difference between the candidates of between two to four points. This is in line with the tight 2018 Senate race when Sen. Ted Cruz narrowly defeated Rep. Beto O'Rourke 51 percent to 48 percent.

In a sign that the Democratic campaign believes they can flip the traditional Republican state, Vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris will visit Texas on Friday to capitalize on the narrowing polls.

She will appear with former secretary of housing and urban development, Julián Castro and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke in McAllen. She will also take part in voter mobilization events in Houston and Fort Worth. The Biden campaign considers Houston's Harris County to be in play having tilted towards the Democrats in recent years the Texas Tribune reported.

"Texas is the biggest battleground state," said Abhi Rahman, communications director for the Texas Democratic Party. "Kamala Harris visiting this close to the election is a game-changer and exactly what Texas Democrats need to get us over the top," local NBC affiliate KXAN reported.

However Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who chairs Trump's re-election campaign in Texas, has predicted Trump would win in Texas by 4-to-8 or 4-to-9 points.

"It could be tighter, only because you have so many more voters out. Remember, there are a lot of those Republican voters coming out too," he told KXAN.