Dems eye state-level races to regain power

Friday, August 23, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

GOP and Dems duking it outA longtime conservative who has battled Democrats in Texas for decades says the fight is on for control of state houses in the Lone Star State and around the country.

Democrats still remember that the 2010 tea party wave netted Republicans six governors' offices, flipped 21 statehouse chambers, and drove nearly 700 Democratic state legislators from office.

One statehouse they covet is in Texas, where one Dallas-area Democrat has collected a $235 thousand campaign war chest for a state representative race still more than a year away.

Both political parties know that who controls the state legislatures next year will control the once-in-a-decade redistricting process that redraws congressional maps.

Cathie Adams, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, says money is the “milk” of politics.      

“And even the worst candidate can win,” she says, “when they have tremendous amounts of money being poured in.”

One example, Adams says, is the much-publicized U.S. Senate race in which Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke was poised to knock off Ted Cruz to flip the seat. Cruz narrowly won 50-48 percent, defeating O’Rourke by approximately 215,000 votes of 4.3 million cast.

Adams

O’Rourke nearly defeated Cruz despite being an “unknown” congressman from El Paso, Adams points out, because campaign contributions poured in.

O’Rourke, in fact, collected a whopping $38.1 million in campaign contributions, a record for a U.S. Senate candidate, with one month to go before Election Day.

Adams insists, however, that money is not the only factor in defeating Democrats in the Lone Star State --- or any state. 

“The problem isn't that we have strong Democrat opponents,” she says. “The problem has been that we've had Republicans who think that they have to go left in order to win elections." 

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