Friday’s release of crude comments made by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump – this election cycle’s “October surprise” – has changed the narrative of the race nationally. Will it have any impact in Texas?

Almost all Republican elected officials who had endorsed Trump appeared to be staying with him, even as some condemned his specific comments.

Later this week, we will take a deeper dive into recent Texas polls to determine a baseline of support for Trump among key demographics to see if there is any drop in that support in future polls. That would only specifically impact Trump. The question is, do candidates down the ballot need to fear any fallout if Texans’ support for Trump erodes? We speculate on possible effects going down the ballot.

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