Democrats are making big moves to turn Texas blue.
The Texas Democratic Party on Monday announced the launch of a statewide Voter Expansion Program aimed at registering millions of new voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election and making Donald Trump a one-term president, reports NBC News.
The Democratic National Committee in February added Texas to its list of “battleground” states and invested millions of dollars into the state party’s coffers to double the number of field organizers, open more field offices and fund additional operations like data managing.
Texas’ 38 electoral votes are second only to California’s 55, so a win would be a big boost for Democrats. Texas hasn’t voted blue since 1976, though, and President Donald Trump in 2016 took the state by nine percentage points over Hillary Clinton, 52-43 percent.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke came within 3 percentage points of unseating Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections, and the Democratic Party has slowly chipped away at the Republicans’ grasp on the state.
“It's basically night and day,” state party spokesperson Abhi Rahman told NBC News of the Democratic National Committee’s investment. “This is the first time in history that the Texas Democrats are running an organization at this scale.”
“If you win Texas, Donald Trump can't win the election,” said Rahman. “The year that is changing is now — it's 2020. This is the year that demographics finally meets destiny.”
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