Beto: Texas is Biden’s State to Lose
During Presidential elections, the Electoral College rules the day. In 2000 and 2016, George W. Bush and Donald Trump won the presidency despite losing the popular vote. And Texas, with its 38 electoral votes, has been a Republican stronghold every year since 1980.
The gap, however, seems to be closing in the Lonestar state. In 2018, Democrats picked up two house seats and Beto O’Rourke only lost his senate bid to Ted Cruz by less than 3%. During a recent interview, O’Rourke says that the gap in the state has continued to close and Texas is Biden’s to lose.
The former congressman feels that Texas’ poor response to COVID-19 has helped open the door. “You have just a historic mismanagement of the pandemic,” said O’Rourke. “Whether it’s from the White House or the governor’s mansion here in Texas or the lieutenant governor, who on Fox News, in an effort to try to get the state to reopen, said there are more important things than living. You have a Republican government that has completely abdicated any leadership whatsoever.”
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O’Rourke also feels the positive signs from 2018 will continue. He told Yahoo News, “Given the trends that we are already seeing in terms of Democrats outperforming expectations, this is already moving in the right direction.”
The Texas lawmaker also thinks that the political environment is perfect for a Texas upset. He continued:
“Now, we’re in a presidential cycle, which tends to boost Democratic turnout. We already got so close in 2018. You have just a historic mismanagement of the pandemic and the economic contraction and the record number of jobless claims on top of all of the racism, the hatred and the vitriol from the president, and then in Texas we have some of the most uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.”