"Texas Democrats had their best election in over a decade last week when they flipped at least two Republican-held House seats," and their Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke (D) came within 3 points of unseating Sen. Ted Cruz (R). "But closer margins in other races have boosted party hopes of future gains in the once deep-red Lone Star State."
While some in the GOP attributed Democratic enthusiasm across the board as a coattail effect from O'Rourke's juggernaut campaign, others—like Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey—pointed to the party's faltering support in suburban areas nationally.
"In the 2016 cycle, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named just one Texas challenger to its Red to Blue program for strong recruits. By the end of the 2018 cycle, eight Texas Democrats were on the list." Reps.-elect Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (D-07) and Colin Allred (D-32) unseated longtime GOP incumbents in some of their first close races. And in TX-23, which the AP initially called for Rep. Will Hurd (R), former Air Force intelligence officer Gina Ortiz Jones (D) trails by just 1,150 votes.
"Those three districts were top Democratic targets this cycle since all backed Hillary Clinton in 2016. But last week, eight other GOP-held House seats—all drawn to favor Republicans—were decided by single-digit margins," including TX-10 and TX-24. (Roll Call)