The roses may be yellow in Texas, but I’m wondering if the politics aren’t turning a bit purple. Apparently Texas has a case of Trumphasitis, which is a rare but deadly disease where people are rendered unable to pick up their wallets and donate to Republican candidates. The treatment for this malady is to put in a 911 call to the RNC and that’s what happened.
Just to underscore this: the RNC needed to put $1.3 million into Texas last month.
— Derek Willis (@derekwillis) September 21, 2020
Texas is supposed to be an ATM for the national Republicans. Instead, they're fighting to hold it.
— The Franchise 💌 (@CAFranchise) September 21, 2020
Now the comedy of this, is that Trump has predicted that the GOP is going to take back the House this year, and the reality of the matter is that there are seven House seats in Texas alone, which are embattled and that is probably where the RNC money went because the Democrats are outspending them. Texas Tribune:
TV ad bookings for the fall help tell the story of the state of the Texas battlefield. The major Democratic groups — the DCCC and House Majority PAC — have announced a combined $13.4 million in reservations in the state, spanning five markets, while their Republican counterparts — the NRCC and Congressional Leadership Fund — have announced less than half that, $5.5 million. The GOP’s reservations include no defensive buys, with almost all of the $5.5 million being booked for Hunt’s race in Houston.
As for the seven seats that national Democrats are working to flip, a general hierarchy has emerged around where they are most hopeful. The 23rd District is predictably at the top, followed by three of the four other seats where they have named Red to Blue candidates: the seat of retiring Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, as well as those of retiring Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, and Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin. The fifth race where they have a Red to Blue contender — the seat of Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston — is the toughest of the batch.
These are some races to watch. Meanwhile, Joe Biden is in a statistical tie with Trump and in ruby red Texas, that is not a good sign, to put it mildly.