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George P. Bush: Texas Could Become 'Truly Purple State'

George P. Bush: Texas Could Become 'Truly Purple State'
George P. Bush in 2018. (David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 April 2019 04:38 PM

George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, says Texas could become a “truly purple state,” if Democrats continue to gain momentum.

“If we have another night in 2020 like we did a few months ago, we’ll lose the House,” Bush told The Atlantic in an interview published Tuesday, adding that Texas might become a “truly purple state.”

The Texas land commissioner and nephew of former President George W. Bush and grandson of former President George H. W. Bush was the only member of his family to endorse President Donald Trump in 2016.

He was reelected in 2018 with almost 54 percent of the vote, making him one of the more popular Republicans to win in Texas. That same year, GOP Sen. Ted Cruz narrowly beat his Democratic challenger, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and Republicans won only an 18-seat majority in the state House.

Bush said that the decision to endorse Trump was a “bitter pill to swallow,” but necessary to “stop Hillary Clinton,” the Democratic nominee. At the time he was the victory chair for the Texas Republican Party, and explained that he “couldn’t look grassroots activists in the face and say, ‘Well, Trump is good enough for you, but not for me.’”

Although Bush said his father understood his decision, his uncle, the former president, warned that it could prove to be “a short-term gain for a long-term cost.”

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George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, says Texas could become a "truly purple state," if Democrats continue to gain momentum.
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