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This week — here's a list of the state legislators who've thrown their support behind Democratic presidential candidates ahead of Super Tuesday.
February 28, 2020
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With Super Tuesday just a few days away, we evaluated which state legislators in Texas have thrown their support behind a presidential candidate. Here’s a list of how the battle lines are drawn among Texas Democrats going into Super Tuesday:

Joe Biden

The former vice president has also garnered the support of the likes of Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (D-TX-29), former state representative, state senator, and candidate for lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte, and former lieutenant governor candidate Mike Collier.

Mike Bloomberg

As was first reported by the Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek, Bloomberg is airing an ad featuring Blanco in the El Paso area, in which Blanco commends the former New York mayor on his gun control record in light of the horrific El Paso shooting that took the lives of 22 people last August. Blanco serves as Texas co-chair for the Bloomberg campaign.

Elizabeth Warren

Eric Holguin, the Democrat running against Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), has also endorsed Warren. 

Though no legislators have endorsed Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president, he has a close relationship with Austin Mayor Steve Adler and has received the enthusiastic support and endorsement of his fellow local leader.

Notably, current presidential frontrunner and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has received little support from Texas lawmakers, though he has earned the support from the likes of the progressive Austin city councilman Greg Casar. Early this month, it was leaked that Sanders is considering reinstituting a ban on crude oil exports through executive order if he was to make it to the White House. 

According to the latest RealClearPolitics poll, Sanders is leading the pack with 22.3 percent, followed closely by Biden, the previous leader in most Texas polls, with 20.7 percent. Warren is polling in third with 15.3 percent, followed by Bloomberg with 13.3 percent and Buttigieg with 8.3 percent. 

Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard trail the field at 6.3 and 3.0 percent, respectively.

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McKenzie Taylor

McKenzie Taylor

McKenzie Taylor serves as Senior Editor and resident plate-spinner for The Texan. Previously, she worked as State Representative Kyle Biedermann’s Capitol Director during the 85th legislative session before moving to Fort Worth to manage Senator Konni Burton’s campaign. In her free time, you might find her enjoying dog memes, staring at mountains, or proctoring personality tests.