Austin, TX– In case you missed it, the Texas Democratic Party’s Political Director Cliff Walker predicts a blue wave in 2018 as he lays out the election landscape for the Texas Tribune.
“Voters in midterms reliably deliver a shellacking to any president’s party. This trend is supercharged by the countless offenses of the past year: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s bizarre bathroom fetish, the Republican crusade against healthcare, a tax bill that loots the treasury to enrich Republican donors, and the everyday disaster that is Donald Trump’s presidency.”
“In 2016, a whopping one million Texans joined the voter rolls — the majority being women and people of color — and we expect future registration gains to be just as favorable. Moreover, the Democrat at the top of the ticket in 2016 received more votes than any Republican in a midterm election, and we narrowed the presidential margin in Texas to single digits for the first time in decades.”
“My best case for optimism: the record number of Democrats running up and down the ballot… Texas Democrats are contesting more congressional, state House and state Senate seats than in any cycle in 25 years. With 111 candidates running in all 36 congressional seats, the path to yanking the U.S. Speaker’s gavel from Republican hands runs through Texas.”