Has the long predicted shift of Texas from solidly Republican to just leaning' Republican begun? News Radio 1200 WOAI reports that the influential Capitol Hill publication 'Roll Call' believes that it has, downgrading the Republican dominance in Texas from 'solid Republican' to 'likely Republican.'
Sen. John Cornyn, who is up for re-election next year, is using the downgrade to convince Republican voters that the state's GOP ascendency is not secure, and they need to redouble their efforts.
"I think its probably because of the money factor," Cornyn said. "All of the out of state money, for example, that Beto O'Rourke was able to raise."
Cornyn said 'far left wing' groups are also donating to causes and candidates in Texas, seeing grabbing Texas as the 'Holy Grail' of making the country majority Democrat, and overturning the gains made by Republicans since the Reagan years of the 1980s.
"For the first time in a long time you're going to see a lot of outside money being spent in Texas," Cornyn said. "Obviously, if the national Democratic Party could flip Texas, either in the Senate race or the Presidential race, that would have major national consequences."
For more than a decade, Democrats have been predicting that the changing demographics in Texas, mainly the new Latino voters, would help turn Texas 'purple' if not into a 'Blue' Democrat state. But others have countered that there is no evidence that Latinos will be like African Americans, and remain solidly Democrat for decades, pointing out that other immigrants groups, from Italians to Eastern Europeans, like Hispanics, started off as Democrats, but today they are like other voters, with voting patterns more driven by the education level, profession, and personal relationships than by a solid loyalty to the Democrat Party.
Republicans pointed out that even though the O'Rourke candidacy got a ton of publicity for Texas Democrats, not only did O'Rourke lose to a relatively unpopular U.S. Senator, but Republicans again swept all statewide elected offices, and margins of victory as large if not larger than they received in the 2014 elections, not exactly an indicator of a Democrat resurgency.