Texas exit poll: Trump wins despite low favorability

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AUSTIN - Donald Trump disturbed most Texas voters with his treatment of women but overcame low likeability to keep the state a sure thing for Republicans, according to preliminary exit poll results conducted for The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Ted Cruz appeared to pay a price for his reluctant embrace of his party's nominee. Nearly half of voters had an unfavorable opinion of the Texas senator, who refused to support Trump for months after a bitter primary battle.

Here's a look at other attitudes among Texas voters and breakdowns on how they made their choices on Election Day:

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CLINTON LARGELY UNPOPULAR

Texas hasn't chosen a Democrat in a presidential race since 1976, and Trump kept that streak going the same way Republicans have for years: with overwhelming support among whites and older voters.

Clinton drew unfavorable marks by a nearly 3-2 margin, and more than a third of voters considered her dishonest. But she was drawing higher marks than Trump in whether they have the temperament to be president.

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WOMEN

Trump's vulgar comments about women and the allegations of sexual harassment against him bothered nearly two-thirds of all voters.

But white women backed him roughly 2-1, while Clinton had a significant lead with minority women.

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ASSESSMENT OF IMMIGRANTS

Texas has one of the nation's largest immigrant populations, and a clear majority of the voters think those newcomers are doing more to help the U.S. than hurt.

But there were mixed few on tough crackdowns on immigrations. Voters were divided on Trump's plan to build a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, while 7 in 10 felt those in the country illegally should be given a chance to apply for legal status and not deported.

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HISPANICS SIDING AGAIN WITH DEMOCRATS

Hispanics were voting Democrat similarly to 2008, when they went roughly 2-1 for Barack Obama. This time Clinton was leading with about 6 in 10 Hispanics as beleaguered Texas Democrats hold out hope that the state's booming Latino population will eventually end decades of defeat.

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DIVIDED VIEWS ON RACE

Texans were divided on whether the criminal justice system treats everyone fairly. About 1 in 3 say whites get favorable treatment in the U.S. on a day-to-day basis, while the same number of voters said no racial group receives preferential treatment.

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The survey of 2,610 Texas voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from interviews conducted as voters left a random sample of 30 precincts statewide Tuesday, as well as 1,254 who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 28 through Nov. 8. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

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