Dem pollster: Texas, Georgia diversifying because they are 'centers for opportunity'

Democratic pollster Silas Lee said in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking" that Texas and Georgia have seen a surge in diversity because they are "centers for opportunity." 

"Texas, as well as Georgia in particular, they are mega-centers for opportunities. So they are able to attract people and due to the ability to attract people, it brings opportunities and diversification," Lee, a sociology professor at Xavier University Louisiana, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on Wednesday. 

"That's why you see those states attracting and changing demographically," he continued. 

Changing demographics in traditionally Republican states is a good sign for Democrats hoping to flip red-leaning seats. 

Last week's midterm elections saw record turnout from minority voters in traditionally Republican states like Texas and Georgia. 

Even though Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession 2020 Democrats feel more emboldened to label Trump a racist Hillicon Valley: O'Rourke proposal targets tech's legal shield | Dem wants public review of FCC agreement with T-Mobile, Sprint | Voters zero in on cybersecurity | Instagram to let users flag misinformation MORE (D-Texas) lost his Senate race in Texas, he made a strong showing in his bid in the deep-red state in part due to a large turnout from minority voters. 

Georgie gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams also rallied minority voters in historically red Georgia and is still in a too-close-to-call race. 

— Julia Manchester