Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign, flush with cash and lifted by polls that show that Texas is essentially tied, is hiring on 13 more staff members.
The Democratic nominee’s latest hires, shared first with The Texas Tribune, include several experienced Democratic operatives from the state. They include Dallas Jones, a Houston political consultant who will serve as Biden’s Texas political director, and Jackie Uresti and Jerry Philips, who will each serve as political advisers to the campaign in Texas. Uresti was Hillary Clinton’s 2016 state director, while Philips brings deep experience around Texas House politics and previously was executive director of the House Democratic Campaign Committee.
All the polls taken in the Lone Star state for September have the race within three points, and the 538 average has Trump at 47.6% to 46.6% for Biden. Needless to say, Trump will not win without Texas.
Beyond the presidential race, Republican Senator John Cornyn is only a slightly ahead of M.J. Hegar in the polls and is not a sure bet for re-election. At least six Republican held US House seats and perhaps more could be up for grabs. Texas CD-23 is rated as “Lean Democrat”. Texas districts 21, 22, and 24 are all rated as “Tossup”, and districts 3 and 10 are “Lean Republican.
The lower house of the Texas legislature could also be competitive. The current division is 67 Democrats and 83 Republicans so Democrats would need to gain 9 seats for a majority.
All of which means, if Biden’s campaign does decide that is worth a major investment, the pickin’s in Texas could be rich. And its a sign the campaign is fairly confident of the swing states. The fact that Bloomberg decided to drop $100 million on Florida surely helps.