The Houston Chronicle’s Texas Politics blog says that Barack Obama’s support is on the rise in Texas while Hillary Clinton’s supporters have remained static the race for the state’s delegates to the Democratic national convention.
U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton remains statistically about the same as where she was in January. She currently holds 48 percent support in the state.
But Obama, also a U.S. senator, has surged from 28 percent support last month to 38 percent this month.
Winning is not necessarily everything for presidential candidates in Texas because it is not a winner-take-all state. Both the Democrats and Republicans have systems for awarding national convention delegates based on a proportionate share of the vote.
What’s interesting about these numbers, should they hold up, is that Hillary has not demonstrably gained any ground after John Edwards bowed out of the race.
Because they are held a month after Super Tuesday, Texas’ primaries once seemed almost irrelevant. Now, with the race so close, Texas may yet prove to be a decisive battle.
So, the questions are: Are we going to see this trend of Obama gaining most of former Edwards’ supporters nationwide? And what would happen if Edwards actually endorsed him?