Former President Donald Trump addressed supporters in Houston, Texas, amidst a backdrop of political rivalry and traffic disruptions.
Focus on Energy and Domestic Oil Production:
A significant portion of Trump’s remarks focused on energy and domestic oil production, positioning these topics in contrast to the policies of the current administration.
Trump Speech in Houston Event Details :
Trump Speaks in Houston, Texas
When: Thursday, November 2, 2023
Location: Trendsetter Engineering, Inc., Houston, Texas
Time: Expected to speak at 5:00 p.m. ET
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The event took place at Trendsetter Engineering, a company described as a premier provider of specialized subsea solutions for oil and gas companies across the globe. Trump spoke at 4 p.m., and access to the event started at 1 p.m., with attendees advised to arrive early.
The Texas Department of Transportation closed the northbound exit ramps from Texas 249 to Louetta and Spring-Cypress from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m., potentially complicating the evening commute.
Live Stream: Trump Speech in Houston, Texas
Texas Polls Show Trump’s Dominance:
A recent poll conducted by the University of Houston and Texas Southern University indicates Trump’s stronghold on the GOP primary race in Texas, with 58% of about 500 potential Texas GOP primary voters expressing support. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley trail behind with 14% and 6% respectively.
Rising Rivalry with Nikki Haley:
While Trump maintains a lead, Haley has been gaining momentum in early-voting states and in fundraising within Texas. Despite being far behind, she has managed to outraise Trump in key cities like Houston and Dallas.
“Donald Trump remains extremely popular among Republican primary voters,” said Mark Jones from Rice University. However, Haley’s recent criticisms of Trump and her fundraising successes have caught the former president’s attention.
“Eight years ago, it was good to have a leader who broke things,” Haley commented during a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual meeting. “But right now, we need to have a leader who also knows how to put things back together.”
Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, noted that while Haley is gaining momentum, she faces significant challenges in potentially dethroning Trump. “She’s so far behind that a lot of things would have to happen that we don’t see happening yet,” he said.
Today’s event is Trump’s first public campaign event in Texas since his March rally in Waco. It is expected to provide insights into the evolving dynamics of the GOP primary race and Trump’s strategy against emerging rivals.
Attendees and residents are advised to stay informed about potential traffic disruptions and to follow us for coverage of Trump’s remarks and any announcements from the event.