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Rick Perry argues ‘Texas is not a battleground state’ — after Dallas Morning News poll shows Biden leading

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President Donald J. Trump and Rick Perry. (White House photo by Tia Dufour)

President Donald Trump’s former Energy Secretary declared that the state he once led as governor is not a battleground state in the 2020 presidential election — despite a new poll showing the exact opposite.

Former Gov. Rick Perry said Trump would not be returning to Texas to campaign for president.

“He’s going to be in battleground states,” Perry said on a call arranged by the Trump campaign. “Texas is not a battleground state, it’s that simple.”

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The call came the same day as a new poll was released that undermines Perry’s claim.

“A poll released Sunday by The Dallas Morning News and University of Texas at Tyler shows Biden leading 48%-45% among likely voters. That’s within the margin of error, but it’s also a 5-point reversal from the last such poll in early September,” the newspaper reported.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Joe Biden’s running mate, will be stumping in Texas on Friday.

But Perry argued it was a “pipedream” that Democrats are competitive and argued Texas will remain “a very red state.”

“Texas has not voted for a Democratic nominee since Jimmy Carter was elected president in 1976, but polls this year have shown a tight race and this isn’t the first point at which Biden has led. Leaders in both parties called on their respective candidates to invest more in the state,” the newspaper noted.

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Trump to travel ‘unannounced’ to fake ‘hearing’ on election fraud — after aides failed to talk him out of it: reports

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President Donald Trump is planning to make a surprise visit to a fake legislative "hearing" in Pennsylvania, CNN and The New York Times reported Tuesday night.

"Trump is expected to join [Rudy] Giuliani in Gettysburg, PA tomorrow where GOP state lawmakers are holding a 'hearing' on allegations of fraud in the 2020 election, two sources familiar with the plans tell me. Not on his schedule, but being planned as an unannounced movement," CNN's Jeremy Diamond reported Thursday.

Maggie Haberman of The New York Times confirmed the report.

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Trump was reportedly baffled that Republicans won ‘all over’ while he lost: ‘I’m the only guy that loses?’

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President Donald Trump was reportedly befuddled that Republicans did so much better than him at the polls.

The anecdote was reported in an in-depth Politico story by Tim Alberta titled, "The Inside Story of Michigan’s Fake Voter Fraud Scandal."

The story describes the White House meeting Trump held with Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey.

"The president asked them about allegations of fraud, and the legislators told him about various probes they had authorized to look into reports of irregularities. But Trump, perhaps sensing the nervous reticence of his guests, did not make the ask they feared. As the meeting went on, it became apparent to some people in the room that more than anything, Trump had called his Michigan allies to Washington to get an honest assessment of what had happened there. He wanted to know if there was any pathway to victory. They told him there was not," Politico reported.

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WATCH: Maddow offers fascinating theory as to why Trump may pardon Michael Flynn

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On Tuesday night, Axios reported that Donald Trump had informed confidants he will pardon former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts.

During the handoff between their MSNBC shows, Rachel Maddow discussed the reporting with Lawrence O'Donnell -- and offered an intriguing explanation that it may be linked to the Trump campaign's legal woes.

"Good evening, Rachel," O'Donnell said. "And on the day that the president pardoned the turkey, as is traditional, the talk of pardons has started tonight. There's a new report out tonight saying Trump confidants say he plans to pardon Michael Flynn."

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