Traditionally, Texas is a conservative stronghold. However, the Democrat strategy of bringing in demographic waves of blue voters appears to be altering the political outlook there, at least according to Rep. Cheri Bustos, Democrat from Illinois who is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) chairwoman.
“We think it’s a great place for Democrats because of the changing demographics of Texas,” Bustos told CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota today. “I think if you look at the next two, four, six years, the way Texas looks today and what it will look like will be completely different.”
There’s the logic some conservatives and moderates have failed to grasp … the immigration crisis and the leftist love of open borders is all about the people who will vote Democrat, legally or illegally.
“We are saying that Texas is ground zero for Democrats going into the November 2020 cycle,” continued Bustos. “In fact, you can break some news here … we are going to invest heavily in four battleground stations in Texas and so we will be in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin.”
“We will be hiring Texans who are good Democrats,” she said, “… who are good democratic operatives to run the different congressional races in Texas. But, you know, last cycle it was California, we picked up seven additional seats. This cycle it will be Texas where we’re going to target six seats. We already picked up two additional democratic seats last cycle. We just think as time goes on and I’m hoping in the next two years we will see some tremendous — some tremendous success in Texas.”
When it comes to places where Democrats can flip seats from Red to Blue, it doesn’t get any bigger than Texas! That’s why we’re opening a new @DCCC:Texas office with senior Texas leaders. Let’s fortify AND grow our Majority! ? https://t.co/SEdiSotC4G
— Cheri Bustos (@CheriBustos) April 9, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used the same tagline a month ago when speaking in Texas at the Travis County Democratic Party’s annual dinner. She said “Texas is ground zero for us in the next election. When it turns, and it will soon, it will make all the difference right here in Texas and in the lives of individuals. It will make a difference in the country, and it will make a difference in the world.”
In March, Jim Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas, shared some insight regarding a recent University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll that found overall attitudes changing somewhat. He suggested that the numbers do not necessarily foretell that Texas will be a swing state in 2020.
“The state is becoming more competitive,” he said, “but that competition remains uneven up and down the ballot. We’re still going to have to wait and see how the races shape up in 2020 before we make any declarations about Texas being something like a toss-up state.”
The emergence of Beto O’Rourke as a presidential contender for the Democrats could play a big part in how the 2020 elections go all up and down the ballot.
President Trump is not as popular in Texas as would normally be expected of a Republican president. In the mid-February UT/Texas Tribune poll, 49 percent of Texas voters approved of the job Trump is doing, and 45 percent disapprove … slightly better than a year ago and two years ago.
Texas is not going blue. https://t.co/pTNtwTOs0c
— Jeremy Frankel (@FrankelJeremy) April 9, 2019
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