A Texas Lyceum poll released Thursday showed that Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump leads Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton only by seven points in the state of Texas.

At this point in past presidential races, Republican nominees typically have always been 10-12 points ahead of their Democratic rivals in Texas, the Texas Tribune reported. The Lyceum poll results mark this election cycle as highly unusual.

Many GOP members have criticized the poll, saying that it lacks an accurate representation of the population. They believe that Republicans will still come out on top once the  official ballots are counted in November.

(Read more: Recent Presidential Polls Spark an Unusual Discussion in Texas)

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