Inside Texas Politics (10/30/16)

U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro and Congressman Joaquin Castro from San Antonio join Jason Whitely and Bud Kennedy.

Two of the biggest names in the Texas Democratic Party were on Inside Texas Politics Sunday morning. U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro and Congressman Joaquin Castro from San Antonio joined host Jason Whitely and Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram to discuss the 2016 presidential race, the Latino vote in Texas and what a Clinton administration might look like. Both men appeared in their personal capacities rather than on official business.

The latest poll shows the presidential race in Texas will be tight. The Texas Tribune / U.T. Austin's Texas Politics Project conducted this survey and found Donald Trump at 45 percent and Hillary Clinton at 42 percent. She remains in the margin of error. Ross Ramsey, the co-founder and executive editor of the Texas Tribune, discussed whether the poll will affect turnout for either candidate, which way independent voters in Texas lean, and Speaker Joe Straus’ effort to overhaul special education to prevent children from being denied.

Donald Trump is behind in several battleground states. He must win all of them though to become president. With nine days until the election many are asking where is Trump's path to victory? Matt Mackowiak, a Republican consultant, is president of the Potomac Strategy Group.

Polls predict a close race in Texas. But none of it seems to spook the state's leading Republicans. The reason why is the focus of Flashpoint this morning. From the right, Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer and from the left, former Democratic State Representative Domingo Garcia.

Reporters roundtable puts the headlines in perspective. Bud and Ross returned to ask whether Donald Trump is looking beyond Election Day, which party or candidate benefits from the record number of early voters, and confusion over what kind of identification voters should take to the polls.

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