Flip the script: Texas Democ­rats look to pick up wins by keep­ing focus close to home

Flip the script: Texas Democrats look to pick up wins by keeping focus close to home

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden and for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump are locked in a fight for sev­en swing states that appear to be in con­trol of who will be the next pres­i­dent. But out­side the Rust Belt and Sun Belt con­tests that have dom­i­nat­ed everyone’s atten­tion, Repub­li­cans and Democ­rats are both putting states no one expects to be com­pet­i­tive on their Novem­ber wish list. The Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er looked at four con­tests where the par­ties are look­ing to flip the script and steal a win where no one expect­ed they could. 
Though wide­ly seen as a sol­id-red bas­tion, Texas Democ­rats are once again try­ing to send a sen­a­tor to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., for the first time in more than three decades.
Texas has vot­ed Repub­li­can in every pres­i­den­tial elec­tion since 1980, and its last Demo­c­ra­t­ic sen­a­tor left office in 1993. Its last Demo­c­ra­t­ic gov­er­nor left in 1994. Despite this, Democ­rats hope that a surge in fund­ing, focus on local par­ties, and find­ing com­mon ground with vot­ers could final­ly turn the state blue once again.
Crush­ing Cruz
Sen. Ted Cruz (R‑TX) has been a pow­er­house in Texas since he rode the tea par­ty wave into the Sen­ate in 2012. The for­mer solic­i­tor gen­er­al of the state posed …