Texas Republican Congressmen are taking their 2020 opposition seriously after what happened in the midterms last year.
Four of the six Republicans being targeted by Democrats out-raised their challengers in the second quarter of this year. SMU political scientist Cal Jillson tells KTRH Democrats have a shot to gain more ground in Texas.
“2018 was a year that Democrats made significant gains. 2020 is unstable for Republicans and they know it,” Jillson said.
Of the two Republicans that were out-raised by their opponents, one is from The Houston area. Sugar Land’s Pete Olson is in a tough matchup with Democrat Sri Kulkarni. GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak explains why.
“Olson was in a closer race last cycle than he’s ever been in. To a certain extent that was due to demographic changes in his district, but it was also a very bad year for Republicans,” Mackowiak explained.
Jillson sees that race as being similar to the one that saw John Culberson lose his seat to Democrat Lizzie Fletcher last year.