TX-Sen: Houston Chronicle, “How down-ballot candidates could help Democrats flip Texas”

The Houston Chronicle has a must read piece out right now about Texas:

Texas remained the country’s largest red state in 2018. Republicans have won every statewide race in Texas since 1998, and a Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t won Texas since Jimmy Carter in 1976. But for 18 months, statewide polls showed 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is outperforming past nominees' margins in Texas. And a question that often elicits eyerolls is now a point of serious debate: Can Democrats flip Texas?

The battle for the state’s 38 electoral votes won’t come down to a savior candidate or some supersonic smart national strategist.

Instead, the fate of Texas in November could rest on the backs of dozens of mostly obscure Democratic candidates who are competing for legislative and congressional seats in the suburbs that have been strongly Republican.

“If Biden wins on election night in Texas, the first time since 1976, the credit will really be due to these candidates — most of them who by the way are women, women of color and Black women of color in particular,” Beto O’Rourke said.

The article also brings up the U.S. Senate race where MJ Hegar’s (D. TX) huge cash influx is going to help her out big time in her bid to unseat U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R. TX):

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— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) October 8, 2020

The polls also keep showing a tightening race:

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— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 8, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump in a new poll by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm.

The poll, commissioned by the Texas Democratic Party and published Thursday, shows Biden up by 1 percentage point, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points. Biden garnered the support of 49% of respondents, with 48% supporting Trump and 3% undecided.

The 721 respondents were surveyed by phone and through texts Tuesday and Wednesday, so the poll gives a glimpse of voters' views since Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis last week.

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The poll, administered by Civiqs and The Daily Kos, surveyed 895 likely voters in Texas from Oct. 3-6, and it showed both candidates polling at 48%, with 2% saying they’d vote for someone else and 1% saying they were unsure who they would vote for.

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.4%, Civiqs says.

In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Republican John Cornyn was ahead by just one point over Democratic challenger MJ Hegar at 47-46, which is within the margin of error.

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Early voting starts on October 13th. Let’s keep up the momentum to flip Texas Blue. Click below to donate and get involved with Biden, Hegar and their fellow Texas Democrats campaigns:

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