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Tue Aug 23, 2016, 08:45 AM

Trump's Austin rally is closest-to-election Texas foray by a presidential contender in two decades

Is Texas a swing state now? http://beta.dallasnews.com/news/2016-presidential-election/2016/08/22/trumps-austin-rally-closest-election-texas-foray-presidential-contender-two-decades

Donald Trump is staging two public campaign events in Austin on Tuesday, making his foray into Texas the closest to the general election by any major-party presidential nominee in two decades.

Except to serve as an ATM for candidates briefly stopping over to raise money, Texas is generally inert during general-election contests for the White House.

It hasn't voted for a Democrat for president since Jimmy Carter carried the state in 1976 against President Gerald Ford.

Nothing much happens here after the primaries and in some cycles, during the primaries as well as the general election.
How do you explain Trump's investment of most of a day in public events in Austin on Tuesday?

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Tue Aug 23, 2016, 08:58 AM

1. and how many quieter fund-raisers during that visit?

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Tue Aug 23, 2016, 10:06 AM

3. Well if are in the area for a fundraiser, why not? Free air time

I am sure it will be covered by national news for such an unusual event. That's what makes the news the unusual.

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Tue Aug 23, 2016, 11:09 AM

4. It's a complete waste of time and resources

Because surely, their internal polling doesn't show Texas as so close he has to go there. Or maybe it does.

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Tue Aug 23, 2016, 12:39 PM

5. I'm guessing it will be a rallying call for the wingnuts of Bastrop and Williamson counties to flock

to Austin which is a lovely shade of blue.

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