As we celebrate flipping Arizona and Georgia to purple-blue, I’ve been spending a great deal of time looking at Mississippi. But that’s a long-term project, perhaps to the end of the decade. There is one far more obvious near-term target, and we all know what it is: Texas.
The pace of change in the state has been breathtaking. Barack Obama lost the state by 16 points in 2012, Hillary Clinton lost it by 9 in 2016, and Joe Biden by 5.5 in 2020. The trend is clear. But how sustainable is that trend? Do we have another potential Florida or North Carolina on our hands—close, but still relatively solidly red? Or will the trends continue moving in our direction, potentially flipping the governorship next year, getting rid of Sen. Ted Cruz in 2024, and giving its electoral votes to Joe Biden (and foreclosing any chance of Republican presidential victory).
Today, we’re talking to two great Texas organizers—Michelle Tremillo and Brianna Brown, of the Texas Organizing Project. Not only have they done amazing work helping flip formerly red counties around Austin, Dallas, and Houston to the Democrats, but their advocacy work has ensured that those Democratic victories have led to critically important local reforms. On today’s show, we’ll talk about those victories, and what needs to be done to flip Texas Democratic at the statewide level.
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