How Republicans Saved Texas Purple

How Republicans Saved Texas Purple – WSJ

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Democrats appeared to do every little thing proper, however the GOP quietly carried the day.

Marvel Land: On the danger of arousing the darkish aspect, 2020’s election outcomes are cause for conservative optimism. Pictures: Congressional Quarterly through ZUMA Press/Getty Pictures Composite: Mark Kelly

Democrats appeared to do every little thing proper to show Texas blue this yr. Joe Biden received 5,211,406 votes, 1.3 million greater than Hillary Clinton in 2016 and 1.9 million greater than President Obama in 2012. The Democrats’ Senate candidate this yr, M.J. Hegar, obtained the second-highest vote complete ever for a Democrat in Texas: 4,844,433.

Democrats additionally mounted well-funded campaigns to flip six Texas congressional seats, outraising Republicans $28 million to $17 million. Anticipating a 2022 gubernatorial bid, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke ran the Democrats’ registration and turnout efforts.

Much more astonishing, Mr. Obama and his former legal professional basic, Eric Holder, led an effort to mobilize a galaxy of outdoor teams towards a dozen Republican state representatives, aiming to take management of the Texas Home by defeating a minimum of 9. These teams spent $61 million.

All of it got here to nothing. President Trump obtained 5,860,096 votes, 1.2 million greater than 4 years in the past, and beat Mr. Biden by 648,690. Although Sen. John Cornyn was outspent late within the race, he defeated Ms. Hegar by multiple million votes. Republicans stored these six congressional seats, most by large margins, and Messrs. Obama and Holder didn’t win the Democrats any new state Home seats, leaving the GOP majority intact for subsequent yr’s redistricting.

Democrats did what they wanted to do: improve their turnout dramatically. Give them credit score. However it wasn’t practically sufficient, as Republicans did even higher. How did Republicans do it?

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