Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX):
We are about to enter the most critical stretch in the most important year of our lives. There are only 25 days until early voting begins in Texas and 46 days until Election Day. The most defining election for this country is weeks away.
If we give these next 46 days everything that we’ve got — not just registering and voting and donating and liking stuff on Twitter, but actually doing the hard work of contacting Texas voters directly — here’s what we will win:
- A Democratic majority in the Texas House for the first time in 20 years. They will be able to begin the work of dismantling the voter suppression that has kept this state down and move forward on the important job of expanding access to healthcare, reducing gun violence and confronting climate change before it’s too late.
- A seat at the table during redistricting in 2021. Remember, Texas stands to gain three new Congressional districts. Those can be drawn to exclude Black and Latino voters, or they can be drawn to include everyone in our Democracy.
- Victories up and down the ballot. These state house districts that we’re organizing in contribute voters to the Congressional races we want to win, to the Senate race that could replace John Cornyn with MJ Hegar, and — most importantly — help Joe Biden become the first Democrat in 44 years to win Texas’ electoral college votes.
I know you want to do your part. I know that on election night you want to look back on these days not with regret but with pride because you gave it all you had.
We’ve called a lot of people over the last few months — over four million, to be exact. But we could double that number if more volunteers step up and joined this effort, Sam. And when that happens, our chances of winning the Texas House, the U.S. Senate and the White House dramatically increase.
Looking forward to seeing you on these phone banks,