Texas Democrats are looking to flip a handful of state senate districts this fall, possibly ending the GOP's supermajority in Austin.
Texas Republicans appear to have a 20-11 advantage including the seat left open by disgraced San Antonio Democrat Carlos Uresti. But Dems are hoping to flip two or three others, including Houston's Joan Huffman.
“I think Sen. Huffman has done a great job and I'm confident the district is going to send her back to the Senate, but the other side is energized as well, so we know there's going to be a big turnout this year and we know Republicans need to turn out too,” says Paul Simpson, chairman of the Harris County Republican Party.
Simpson says that's why state Republicans can't let their guard down.
“As they say, you run unopposed or scared, so we have opposition and we're working hard to win it and getting new voters in every nook and cranny of Harris County.”
Harris County Republicans lost every major race in 2016.
“In Harris County, the party is certainly working with every single one of our candidates in a unified campaign to make sure we win all the way down the ballot in November and I'm confident we'll do it, but our voters need to turn out.”