Mark Cuban is a polarizing billionaire.
The Dallas Mavericks’ owner has been very vocal about his opposition towards President Trump and recently expressed his interest in running against him in 2020.
And now one poll could mean something terrible for Trump.
You might be surprised to learn that Cuban and Trump had once been longtime friends.
In fact, Cuban admitted to TMZ’s Harvey Levin that he liked Trump and even praised his candidacy—for a while at least.
But sometime during Trump’s unparalleled 2016 presidential campaign, Cuban had developed a disdain for his old friend, saying, “I told him I was really concerned about a candidate becoming president who was not making an effort to learn the issues.”
It seemed like a jealous Cuban was asking Trump drop out of the race because he wasn’t qualified.
Trump ignored Cuban’s implications.
So Cuban lashed out at him publicly, calling him a “jagoff” who got “stupider before our eyes.”
Trump fired back and called Cuban “dopey” and “not smart.”
Then Trump won the Presidency.
But with Cuban interested in running against him, the leftist Public Policy Polling put out their feelers to see how the two would match up in his home state of Texas.
And it didn’t look good for Trump.
“It’s been quite some time since the Lone Star State went blue, however, according to a new poll, there’s a man who could make that happen in 2020.
The left-leaning Public Policy Polling released findings from a poll on Thursday, which showed Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban beating President Trump in a prospective 2020 race.
The specific results, released exclusively to Business Insider, showed Cuban beating Trump 47% to 44%..
Not since Jimmy Carter in 1976, has a Democrat won Texas in a presidential election.
According to Business Insider, “Cuban, the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, made a name for himself in Texas both in business and as an outspoken owner of one of the state’s three NBA franchises.
He’s teased a run for 2020 throughout most of 2017, but has hinted that he would be more likely to run as a Republican candidate than as a Democrat, even though he backed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the general election campaign.”
After seeing the results of this poll, Cuban might consider running as a Democrat as opposed to a Republican. Though, it’s not likely Cuban will take much from this poll at all.
When e-mailed for comment about the poll by Business Insider, Cuban said: “just proves people are bored :).”
Texas is obviously anecdotal, but it’s also Cuban’s home state so that would give him the edge in this poll.
But Cuban has said that he would likely run as a Republican—and there is no way the GOP will turn their back on Trump come 2020.
That would be career suicide for them.