Do we dare hope for a blue Texas folks?
Courtesy of ABC News:
Texas Democrats, fueled by the party’s nearly quarter-century-held dream of turning Texas blue, are mounting an aggressive ground-game operation with the largest voter registration program in the state’s history, according to the state party, and an expansive voter protection effort ahead of the 2020 election.
The two-pronged campaign, which aims to add to the party’s 2018 gains up and down the ballot, will target unregistered voters who they believe are potential new Democrats, and safeguard the right to vote for Texans, in partnership with Fair Fight 2020, the multi-million dollar initiative launched by Stacey Abrams, a Georgia Democrat who considered a bid for president and the U.S. Senate last year.
“The rapidly emerging Democratic coalition in Texas has set the stage for historic Democratic gains at the ballot box,” Cliff Walker, the deputy executive director of the state party, said in a statement announcing the program. “We are committing our resources to register and engage a new electorate that is more progressive and represents the diversity of our great state. Shifting the electorate in Texas is our top priority.”
For Abrams’ group, Texas is one of the 20 battleground states that Fair Fight 2020 is targeting to promote voters’ rights and fair election policies ahead of November. Fair Fight began investing resources in Texas last month.
“Fair Fight is proud to partner with the Texas Democratic Party to fund, train and support a robust voter protection initiative through our Fair Fight 2020 initiative,” said Seth Bringman, a spokesman for Fair Fight. “Republicans in Texas have, for a long time, sought to make it harder to vote, particularly for voters of color, and it takes a dedicated voter protection team on the ground well before Election Day to make sure all Texans’ voices can be heard.”
I know, I know, I allow myself to get excited just about every election cycle only to get my heart broken every single time.
But we DID make some serious gains in 2018, so this is not such a longshot anymore.
Besides if Democrats are anything, it is forever hopeful.