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Biden Could Become The First Democratic Presidential Candidate To Win Tarrant County Since 1964

Paul Sancya
Associated Press

Tarrant County is still counting mail-in votes, but in the current count, Joe Biden has a few hundred more votes than President Donald Trump. It's a leftward shift for a county that has been reliably Republican for decades.

Tarrant County is known the largest urban, conservative county in Texas, but the 2020 presidential race could change that, at least at the top of the ticket.

The elections office is still counting ballots, but in the current count, Joe Biden has 427 more votes than President Donald Trump.

In 2016, Trump won Tarrant County by more than 57,000 votes.

On Twitter Wednesday, Tarrant County Elections saidit was still going through more than 15,000 mail-in ballots, which it planned to finish counting by Friday evening.

University of Texas at Arlington political science professor Tom Marshall said Democrats in Tarrant County have benefited from a younger population and a polarizing president. But he said not to expect the area to turn completely blue for at least a few years.

"I think that the way we would see that change is if Democrats can prove they can win in Tarrant County in races which are countywide or statewide races, beyond an unpopular Republican," he said.

A Democratic presidential candidate hasn't carried Tarrant County since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

No matter what the final count is in Tarrant County, it won’t affect where Texas’s electoral college votes go. According to NPR’s latest count, Trump won Texas with 52.2% of the vote.

Miranda Suarez is KERA’s Tarrant County accountability reporter. Before coming to North Texas, she was the Lee Ester News Fellow at Wisconsin Public Radio, where she covered statewide news from the capital city of Madison. Miranda is originally from Massachusetts and started her public radio career at WBUR in Boston.