In a desperate email to supporters, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) warned Republicans about early voting numbers that he says will “shock every conservative to their core.”
As Republicans continue to back President Donald Trump and his toxic agenda, Democrats are more fired up than ever before to vote in November later this year.
The 2018 midterm election gives the nation the chance to flip the House and Senate to the Democrats, which would be a major blow to the GOP and put Trump in the cross-hairs of a possible impeachment effort.
For years, Democrats have been working to turn Texas into a blue state and topple the Republican stronghold. The goal was to turn Texas blue by 2022. But it looks like it could turn blue four years quicker than expected.
At least that’s what the early voting numbers in the Texas primaries seem to indicate.
According to the Dallas Morning News:
Through Sunday in the 15 Texas counties with the most registered voters, 135,070 people had voted in the Republican primary and 151,236 in the Democratic. Compared to the first six days of early voting in 2014, Democratic turnout increased 69 percent, while Republicans saw a 20 percent increase.
While Republicans are struggling to maintain their 2014 midterm numbers, Democrats are surging far past their numbers in 2014 and are also going beyond their numbers from 2016, which is huge news for a party that doesn’t often fare well in midterm elections. Usually, Republicans outnumber Democrats in midterm elections, but 2018 is looking more and more like it will be a bloodbath in favors of Democrats.
And that has Texas Governor Greg Abbott freaking out, which is why he sent an email to supporters begging for donations.
“I’ll be blunt: Democrat voter turnout is surging statewide during Early Voting,” Abbott wrote, adding that more than half of Texans who have voted did so for the Democrats.
Before pointing out that Democratic voters are incredibly motivated in many of the reddest states in the nation this cycle, Abbott said:
“You would have to go back to the mid-1990s to find the last time Democrats had such a swell in early voting numbers.”
“We’ve seen a surge of liberal enthusiasm in deep red states like Georgia, Alabama, and Oklahoma. We had always hoped the liberal wave would never hit Texas, but these Early Voting returns aren’t encouraging so far.”
— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) February 26, 2018
Not only do Republicans have to fear to lose in blue states and swing states this year, they have to worry about losing in their own backyards. But then again, maybe this will force them to spend even more money, time, and resources in places they have taken for granted over the years.
And that’s good news for Democrats, who are hoping to make inroads in states where they have traditionally performed poorly.
Republicans have been increasingly worried about their 2018 chances for months now, especially as Trump continues to drag the party further into the gutter.
Recently, renewed calls for gun control and outrage over Republicans doing nothing to prevent school shootings has galvanized young Americans into taking to the streets in protest. Millions of teenagers will turn 18 in time to vote in November, and that’s bad for Republicans, whose older voting base usually dominates in non-presidential election years.
You might pity the Republicans right now. If so, just send them “thoughts and prayers.” They will surely appreciate that more than votes.
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