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Sun Mar 3, 2019, 01:35 PM

Texas GOP races to shore up the suburbs for 2020

Texas will turn blue. There are a large number of real democrats working hard to turn Texas blue. The major cities have been blue for a while and now the suburbs are flipping. This makes me smile https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/03/texas-gop-races-2020-1202205

House Republicans like Olson, who defeated Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni by fewer than 14,000 votes in a fast-changing slice of the Houston suburbs last year, say they have gotten the message too. Campaigns are mirroring the state party’s early staffing,

“We plan on it being more a retail race,” said Melissa Kelly, Olson’s chief of staff, who added that Olson plans on being even more active in the diversifying community, attending events like Chinese New Year and Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

“He’s definitely preparing for it to be a more challenging environment,” Kelly said.

Olson’s race is one of six congressional races in Texas that the national Democrats already are targeting in 2020. With the exception of Hurd’s district, which takes in a massive swath of West Texas along the Mexican border, all are contained in fast-growing, rapidly diversifying suburban districts outside cities like Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Fort Worth.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2019, 01:41 PM

1. WTF is a 'retail' race? Is that like 'optics' or 'paradigm?' Bullshit words?

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 4, 2019, 10:04 PM

2. Could be wrong, but I interpret 'retail' in this context

to mean the candidate has to spend more time persuing individual potential voters as opposed to only engaging interest groups and donor gatherings.

Because so many Texas eligible voters were too apathetic to participate, Republicans could pretty much ignore them. With a more engaged opposition, races are closer now, so individual voters become more important.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2019, 05:07 PM

3. Texas is the biggest battleground state:

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