Report: Texas Could Flip Blue in 2020 Thanks to Oil Downtown, GOP COVID-19 Response
Thanks to it’s sheer size, Texas carries 38 electoral votes in a Presidential election, the second most in the country. That hasn’t mattered for many years as the southern state has long been solidly red. There have been cracks in that armor recently, with some congressional districts flipping blue and Beto O’Rourke’s close senate race against incumbent Ted Cruz.
The changing demographics in the state also have experts thinking Texas could turn left. According to a new report from Politico, that flip could happen sooner rather than later. The piece alleges that the GOP is fearful that a collapse in the oil market combined with the poor GOP COVID-19 response could cost Republicans the state in 2020.
The article, written by Christopher Cadelego and Renuka Reyasam, notes, “The twin economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic and a collapsing oil market has upended the political landscape in Texas — driving Republicans into an unfamiliar defensive crouch and giving restive Democrats an unexpected election-year lift.”
O’Rouke, himself also weighted in the Democrat’s 2020 Texas hopes. “We have yet to feel the full brunt of this pandemic in Texas,” he said. “That’s really going to affect a lot of what you see in November up the ballot — we’ve got 38 Electoral College votes on the line for [Joe] Biden or Trump and down the ballot for these statehouse races. … People are horrified at Republican leadership right now.”
Lobbyist Chad Centella largely agreed with O’Rourke, saying, “We were leaning blue after O’Rourke ran. But people felt like that was the high-water mark. It (the pandemic) could really charge up the Democratic base to get over the hump.”