Dear God, please let this happen. Texas Republicans worry that Trump scandal will affect down ballot races. This is music to my ears.
"The epicenter of Trump's down-ballot collateral damage could well be Harris County," said Rice University political scientist Mark Jones. "Depending on the turnout, Democrats could sweep Harris County completely or almost completely."
Democrats could win dozens of state races and take over top Harris County offices such as the Attorney General, Tax Assessor (the Voter Suppressor in Chief), Sheriff and several judgeships.
A Harris Co. (Houston area) sweep would start the slow march to the state’s purple status. Harris is the largest county in the state. It is also one of the most diverse in the U.S. I faced very long lines when I went to a branch Harris County Clerk’s office to turn in voter registration forms from my Sunday event. The lines were extremely long. Today is the deadline to register to vote in Texas. I had registered a lot of out-state-voters who had recently moved to Houston.
On Saturday night at the annual Harris County Democratic Party’s fundraiser, the Johnson, Rayburn, Richards dinner, a former Republican judge brought down the room when he announced he would switch parties. The judge received a standing ovation. I was among those standing.
While Republican Party of Texas officials insisted that Texas may be the only state where the so-called "Trump factor" may not materialize in down-ballot races, some officials privately joked they were considering playing in traffic or were awaiting the next incoming Trump bombshell. "We have a solid network of grassroots organization for those races," said Michael Joyce, a party spokesman.
At the same time, Judge Terry Jennings, who has served as a Republican on Houston's First Court of Appeals since 2000, announced Saturday he will become a Democrat. "The Republican party has chosen a dark path I cannot take," Jennings said in a statement. "Today in the Republican party, 'cult of personality' reigns. Principles and facts count for nothing. There is no truth."
Democrats are also hopeful because a full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down the Texas Photo ID Law as it violates the Voting Rights Act. 600,000 disenfranchised voters who could not vote in 2014 will be able to participate in the forthcoming election.
Keep it coming, Donald. Keep it coming.
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