Adam Edelman argues that growing disapproval of Trump tilts historically red states to the blue corner but in Texas, Republicans might have crafted a way wipe out democrat votes and keep the state red.
From NBC News
Keep Texas red? Republicans may have a new law for that.
Age- and race-related demographic changes, as well as a statewide blue-wave fueled by opposition to President Donald Trump, threaten to put numerous state and federal races in play for Democrats after decades of Republican wins.
But under a rule that went into effect this month, the threshold for third parties to get on the ballot in Texas was lowered in a way that watchdog groups, nonpartisan experts and progressive activists all say is designed to siphon votes from Democratic candidates and boost the prospects of the GOP in contests where the margin of victory in 2020 is expected to be razor-thin.
“This is part of a very clear strategy by the Texas GOP to keep the demographic changes we’re seeing in Texas from being reflected at the ballot box,” said Anthony Gutierrez, the executive director of the Texas branch of the government watchdog group Common Cause. “This is one of the ways they could use a third-party candidacy to knock off a percentage point or two from a Democrat, allowing Republicans to retain power for a bit longer than maybe they otherwise would have.”
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