Texas Was Once Headed Blue. Now Dems Just Hope to Stop the Bleeding.

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For years, Texas Democrats have believed their state is on the precipice—perhaps just one more election cycle away—of turning from red to blue. But in 2022, for the second straight election, Texas got redder.

When Beto O’Rourke ran for Senate in 2018, he came within 3 points of unseating Sen. Ted Cruz (R). It was an encouraging sign for Democrats, and proof of what they’d long been claiming. But in 2020, Joe Biden lost the state to Donald Trump by about 6 points. And then this year, O’Rourke’s lost his gubernatorial bid to Gov. Greg Abbott by double digits.

It was an exhausting yet not unexpected loss for Democrats. Since O’Rourke first sparked national hype for Texas in 2018, left-leaning Texans have branded their home as a pickup opportunity for Democrats, with 38 electoral college votes no less. Candidates and activists point to Georgia as an example of what can happen with adequate investment.

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