Democrats in Texas, a state that has long been seen as one of the reddest of red states, hope that proves true in November. Republicans currently hold both Senate seats and 25 of the 36 seats in the House of Representatives. The 11 seats held by Texas Democrats cluster around major cities like San Antonio and Houston. But this year, they hope to eat into that advantage.
According to the Texas Secretary of State’s office, a Democratic candidate will be on the ballot in all of Texas’ 36 congressional races for the first time in 25 years.
In previous years, Texas Democrats didn’t even field a candidate in every district for Texas’ share of the House of Representatives. This year, they are decidedly breaking that trend.
The number of Democratic candidates registered 11 months before the November elections points to a new drive to win among left leaning voters. A total of 111 Democratic candidates have registered to run for Congress in Texas’ 36 districts this year. Compare that to 2006 when just 39 did in 31 of Texas’s congressional districts. Nationwide, Democrats gained 31 seats in the 2006 wave–the last time the party flipped the House from red to blue. This year, Democrats need to win just 24 seats to win back the House majority.
Cole Leiter, a press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee focused on Texas and races across the South this cycle, said:
We’re still a long way off from Election Day, but running authentic, grassroots campaigns in every single district in Texas is how we finally give all Texans a real choice next November.”